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Issue No. 112 - 13th September 2006
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National Champions Recognized at Ross Cider Festival

Among the local producers present at the Ross Cider Festival on the first weekend in September were three CAMRA National Champions who were presented with their awards by Gillian Williams, CAMRA Director of Cider & Perry Campaigning.

The Gold Perry award was presented to Dave and Fiona Matthews from Glamorgan for their Seidr Dai Perry and the Silver Cider award was presented to Steve Burson from Drybrook for his Harechurch Dry Cider.

The Silver Perry award was presented to Mike Johnson from the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co Ltd who hosted the Cider Festival at Broome Farm in Peterstow. On presenting the award Gillian Williams said ‘Mike’s perry has long been acknowledged privately as something to be savoured and this National Silver Champion Award confirms to everyone the exceptional quality of this drink. The judges noted that it was an extremely well made and well balanced perry which is very drinkable.’

This year the Cider Festival was extended to include a celiedh on Friday night with music from The Poachers who provided a lively evening with plenty of dancing to open the event and a Farmers and Craft Market on Sunday to the accompaniment of some laid back blues music from Steve Page and Will Kileen.

Saturday was the traditional ‘meet the cider makers’ day with producers from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Wales in attendance with a selection of their cider and perry. A full programme of music including Dave Bristow, Banshee, the Supreme Awesome Dudes, The Blackfoots and Pure Evil made for a great atmosphere despite the early rain and lunchtime power failure!

The new three day format was voted a great success with enquiries already coming in about next years event.

More photos of Broome Farm Cider Festival can be seen in last week's issue (No. 111) of Wyenot News.

Roger, Phil and Richard serving Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry at the Broome Farm Festival. DSC_5578

Popular Poetry Packs the Shelves

Lovers of lyrics, odes and sonnets will soon have their passion for poetry satisfied at the Herefordshire libraries. In answer to demand from the county's readers groups, three new poetry collections are now available for loan.

In a recent survey readers' groups stated they would like to see more poetry on the shelves. The three new collections are now available for bookgroups to borrow and can be collected from any library in the county.

To launch the new collections, the libraries are running a special poetry readers event at Ross Library, in partnership with the West Midlands Readers' Network.

The evening will be led by John Siddique. A lively and exciting poet, John brings insight, humour and emotion to his exploration of different ways of looking at poetry. His infectious love and knowledge of poetry of all kinds can help the audience decide what to read next and he promises to reveal some of his own favourite poems.

'People have generally been taught with the wrong approach to poetry. They believe they are not clever enough to read it,' says John. 'Poets could help broaden poetry's appeal by concentrating on making their work clearer, not clever. I like telling the truth about things.'

This is an evening for everyone - poetry-lovers, people who would like to read poetry but don't know where to start, even people who don't think they like poetry at all.

The event will take place at Ross Library on Thursday, September 14, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are £2 and include light refreshments and are available from Ross Library now.

Ross Juniors Impress at Worcester Regatta

On Saturday Ross Rowing Club took its largest ever Junior Squad to Worcester Sprint regatta. 25 Juniors took part in some excellent racing. The Ross Club came second in the victor Ludorum competition drawing with the likes of Worcester.

The Winners on the day were Olivia Baynham Williams who won open Junior 10 sculls, Rosie Brandram Jones who won open Junior 12 Sculls, Eleanor Blackwood who won Women's Junior 13 sculls, Rosie Lindley and Kelly Morris who won Women's Junior 13 double sculls and Women's Junior 14 double sculls.

These wins were supported by some exceptionally competitive racing from the rest of the squad. Fiona Rogoff rowed brilliantly only to be beaten in the final of women's novice sculls. Dan Hunt and Dan Moran lost by just 1ft in the open Junior 15 double sculls. The Women's Junior 15 quad of Georgina Watling, Hannah Lewis, Hannah Jones and Jasmin Brandram Jones lost by 2ft and worked through to their respective semi finals with new partners including Jessica Preece and Emily Preece. Dan Ruck rowed particularly strongly in the boys j15 event. Chris Jones won through to his semi final in men's novice sculls. Scot Morris was Ross's youngest ever competitor at 8 years old and rowed brilliantly in his final of Junior 10 sculls.

Georgie Jones, again rowed superbly in the Junior 12 semi final. The most attractive race of the day was the final of women's Junior 13 single sculls, which had 3 Ross rowers, Lucy Jones, Eleanor Blackwood, Morgan Baynham William competing fiercely for the honours. This event attracted huge attention with novice to world champion rowers all stopping to admire the quality and precision of the Ross Juniors.

The success of the Junior Academy is quite unprecedented and it is attracting admiration from many other rowing clubs that are potentially much bigger than Ross. The Academy has now many offers from other clubs wishing to do combined training sessions and share in the best practice which is being delivered at the Ross Club.

On the senior side, the men's squad competed in 6 finals and did not convert one into a win. The Mens Senior 3 crew of Borris Darcy, Graham Watling, Jeremy Kelk, Howard Colley coxed by Sheron Dean Lucas came closest . They were unlucky to dead heat in their final only to loose the rerow. Jeremy Kelk rowed fantastically well in the final of the Senior 4 single sculls, only to be beaten on the line.

Yet again the Ross club showed its strength in depth over the event. It is now back to winter training in preparation to achieve new heights next year.

Olivia in action at Worcester.

Scot showing his skills.


Gloucester Division 2 League Match. Old Elizabethans 28 Ross on Wye 18

With August's pre-season games complete, September brought with it a new league campaign and a new league for Ross. Their first Gloucester 2 encounter was an away fixture against Old Elizabethan's Bristol.

Promotion to a higher division can always bring with it a sense of trepidation and unsurity and this was born out during the first 20 minutes of the game. Ross started slow and the home team took advantage immediately. After the ball went loose in the midfield, their fullback collected it, cutting outside the Ross defence before feeding his No 14, who cut inside to score under the posts. The try was converted, leaving Ross 7-0 with the league season less than 10 minutes old. Things then went from bad to worse with Joe Gittins being sin binned. Adversity however seemed to work in Ross's favour and through some direct forward play they began to get themselves back into the game. With the Ross back row of Craig Creed and Gavin Oates securing good ball and Joe Gittins, Dave Mince and Tara Barnett delivering the hard yards, the Elizabethan defence began to creak and they resorted to infringing in an effort to deny Ross crossing their line. Chris Gage was successful with two out of three and Ross went into the break 7-6 down.

The start of the second half mirrored the first, with Elizabethan's starting the strongest. With their back three getting early ball they began to stretch the Ross defence. However as in the first half, Elizabethan's crossed the line within the first 10 minutes to stretch their lead to 14-6. With less than half an hour remaining Ross began to introduce some urgency into proceedings and were putting the Elizabethan 8 under severe pressure. After a messy lineout, Wayne Williams went through on the loose ball, sending the ball deep into the twenty two. From the ensuing foot race, Hugh Bellamy controlled the ball to score. Ross were now back within 3 points 14-11. With twenty minutes to go, Ross just needed to maintain territorial advantage and the game was theirs. However, Elizabethan's pounced on every Ross error, sending the ball wide to their pacy outside backs. This lifted the pressure on Elizabethan's enough for them to add another try, giving them a 21-11 lead. This was compounded by Ross's captain and scrum half leaving the field injured. However, in Andy Hunt they found an able deputy with 15 minutes to go. Ross came back hard at Elizabethans with Matt Jones and Richard Russell working hard in the loose and Alistair Rees punching big holes in their midfield defence. Ross were on the front foot after some pick and drives from Matt Redman, then Tara Barnett and Andy Hunt moved the ball quickly right. Chay Brine fed Chris Gage, who dummied a pass to Wayne Bishop before cutting inside to score under the posts. With 5 minutes remaining the score was 21-18 and a grandstand finish beckoned. Ross pushed hard for that winning score. Dan Weston ran hard from deep and the forwards continued to pressure the Elizabethan 8, however to no avail and in the final play of the game Elizabethan's crossed giving a final score of 28-18.

Next Saturday Ross have a break from league action, taking on Cainscross away in the cup. Kick off is at 3:00 pm and all support is welcome.

Escape for the Day

On Wednesday of this week, Tina had to go on a course for her work near Cardiff, so when I drove her there, Matt came with me and the two of us escaped for the day.

Matt and I continued on to Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula, a hiding place we have been visiting whenever possible for the past twenty years. It was a grey, overcast day, there was absolutely nobody else around and we had a fantastic day, sat in a cave watching the sea and discussing life.

There is no reason for this small article other than that it was just great to get away from work / people for the day and do nothing. I hope we will do it more often.



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