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No. 115 - 4th October 2006
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There are a lot of photos this week and the busy week unfortunately
coincides with my Tuesday out in Cheltenham week, so I hope
I have not made too many errors or omissions. All in all
it has been an enjoyable week with a surprising amount going
on. I became a year older on Sunday, July 93rd (I'm a summer
person) and so did my daughter, Sarah - who spent the weekend
in Blackpool 'seeing the lights'. Happy Birthday, Sarah!
- tempus has certainly fugited over the past 16 years!
there are a lot of photos, I have had to spread them as
easily as possible over six pages, so page number has no
bearing on the importance rating of any one article. (This
is always the case but I thought I would just mention it
Ross in Bloom Awards 2006
Ross-in-Bloom held their Annual Presentation of Awards Evening
on Sunday at the very kind invitation of the Phoenix Theatre.
The theatre was filled with Gold Winners, Judges, Sponsors
and members of Ross-in-Bloom. Sue Holland the Chairman of
Herefordshire in Bloom, together with Margaret Lucas, Ross-in-Bloom
Chairman, presented the cups and trophies. Some of the awards
were presented by the sponsors themselves.
evening went extremely well, with many of the winners actually
knowing what they were there for. However there were also
quite a few surprises. Margaret Lucas welcomed everyone
as they arrived encouraging them to relax with a drink from
. . .
Judges: Terry Harding, John Malsom, Val & Tony Allen, Teresa McCloskey,
Anne Wadeley, Ann Bevan, Peggy Luker, Margaret Lucas, Sue Parker
and Lyn Tomlinson. DSC_6936
presentation itself started with Mary Powell, judging co-ordinator,
explaining how the decisions on the winners had been made
and introducing the winners to their judges. Every street
and therefore every front garden is looked at initially
to short list. The judges then go round each area assessing
the displays and giving marks as they feel fit.
year had seen some extremes of weather condition but this
had all been taken into consideration. The quality of the
gardens was again very high and there were some lovely displays
using the town colours of 'all the oranges, blues and yellows'.
years colours will be Red White and Blue to mark the 50th
anniversary of the Queen's visit to Ross in April 1957.
It is hoped to enter the Heart of England in Bloom Campaign
next year if enough volunteers can be found to organize
the visit - preparation for which starts now. The
Annual General Meeting will be taking place at the Heritage
Centre on Wednesday 8th November at 7pm. Anyone who wishes
to offer help for the coming year is invited to attend or
to send in information on what they are able to do before
. . .
Garden Gold Winners with Sue Holland and Margaret Lucas, Sara Jones
(Premier Plants Cup),
Mr & Mrs Jim Preece (Golf Club Cup), Jacky Bedford (Margaret Lucas
Cup), Angie Lukas and
Overall Best Front Garden Winner (Wyevale Cup). DSC_6941
main prize winners presented with awards this year were:
Gold Front Gardens: 53 Three Crosses Road (Safeway's Cup);
64 Verschoyle Gardens (Round Table Cup); 8 Prospect Terrace
(Premier Plants Cup); 18 Berkeley Close (Pauline di Palma
Cup); 11 North Road (Jacqui Danter Cup); 28 Blake Avenue
(Golf Club Cup); 50 Purland (Hotel & Caterers Cup); 2 Redhill
Road (Midland Bank Cup); 11 Vectis Close & 41 Bernard Hackett
Court (Joint - Tealpack Cup); Rustics Third Avenue (Ross-in-Bloom
Cup); Berwyn, Hildersley (Shawcross Cup); Honeysuckle Cottage
Crofts Lane (Margaret Lucas Cup). The Wyevale Cup for the
Overall Best Front garden was presented to Angie Lukas of
major award winners were: Commercial - Mill House (Lloyds
Bank Shield); Hotel Restaurant or Public House - Royal Hotel
(Barclays Bank Shield); Private Guest House - White House
(Mary Dew Spoon). Two Honorary Gold Awards went to the White
Lion at Wilton and the Travellers Rest. Both these showed
outstanding floral displays to enhance the entrances to
the town but unfortunately do not fall within the remit
of Ross Town and are therefore unable to qualify for entry
into the competitions. Each
received a certificate to display on their premises.
the Retired/Disabled Competitions the Gold awards went to:
Community Garden - Ross Court (Mary Dew Shield); Individual
Gardener - Mr & Mrs Hull, Mrs Littleford and Mrs Bevan of
Bernard Hackett Court (Joint - Lyn Tomlinson Award). These
three small gardens join each other and could not be separated
. . .
Mill House (Lloyds Bank - Commercial Premises), Judy Baugh (Mary
Dew Spoon - Private Guest House),
White Lion (Honorary Gold - represented by Alan Wood). DSC_6944
awards, some of which were kept a secret to all until the
Best Secret Garden (Private Gardens with Public Access)
- John Kyrle Retirement Club in Pigs Alley (Mike & Maureen
Conservation - The Garden of Remembrance (David Christopher
Award). Best Street - Nursery Road Community Gardens (H
E Phillips Award). Best Traders Window - Sirius (Leadership
Trophy). Best Charity Window - Barnardos (Powell Rose Bowl).
in previous years Community Spirit Awards were presented
to those who had given help and service to the town as well
as to Ross-in-Bloom this year. Judges awards: Terry Harding;
John Malsom; Jean Adams; Julia Richardson; Val & Tony Allen;
Helena Constance; Teresa McCloskey; John & Jean Jenkins;
Anne Wadeley; Ann Bevan; Peggy Luker; Margaret Lucas; Sue
Parker; Lyn Tomlinson; Judith Wilkins; Pauline Williams;
Sally Sandford; Maureen Jennings; Gillian Gange; Maureen
Tweed; Trevor Pugsley. Sponsor either in goods or in kind:
The Garden Store; Gail Lucas & the Gardening Club; Wyenot.com;
Ross Gazette; Ross Journal; Ross Pre-School Playgroup; Ross
Chamber of Commerce; Phoenix Theatre; Friends Meeting House;
Lucas Motorcycles Staff; Ross Heritage Centre Staff; Andrew
Middlecote & Street Scene (Herefordshire Council); H E Phillips;
Colemans; Ross Town Council; Ross Carnival; Priory Coffee
House; Ross Library; Halcyon Daze; E * I Williams; Grandma
Peggy's; Neat & Cheap; Golden Crust. For general help and
hard work behind the scenes: Rose Dean; Rita Haggett; Iris
Price; Jo Ashman; Paul Leighton; Ross Police. John Kyrle
Art department and 15 students who took part in the Ross-in-Bloom
Exhibition in July also received Community Spirit Awards.
The students were: Hannah Isle; Bryony Collins; Emma Fulford;
Rhys Partridge; Philip Shaw; Ben Diamond; Alice Hurley;
Emily James; Sara Foster; Tom Stephens; Jason Randall; Alison
Ireland; Emma Foster; Zena Ruck; Maria Taylor.
. . .
Court (Best Retired Community - Dora Wallace), Rita Haggett (Best
Street - H E Phillips Award),
Rose Dean (Best Conservation Area - Garden of Remembrance). DSC_6947
of the Community Spirit Awards had been sent out previously.
The final award of the evening is always the best kept secret
of them all - The Halcyon Daze Award for Outstanding Community
Spirit. Every year this has been presented to the person
who has given most to the town in the way of an unsung hero.
This years was no exception.
Wood has been running Wyenot.com from his own home for many
years. It is one of the best websites centred on Ross and
the surrounding area. Not an event goes by without Alan
and his camera being seen gathering information and material
to update his news pages every week. Alan's photographs
are also often used in the Ross Gazette and the Ross Journal.
Alan gives this major service to the town quite often without
words of thanks or acknowledgement and Jo Ashman, who sponsors
the award, decided it was about time his work promoting
Ross was recognized.
the Award on Jo's behalf, Lyn Tomlinson thanked him for
all his very hard work and loyalty to the town - all agreeing
this award being long overdue for one of the town's most
popular unsung heroes.
. . .
Spirit Awards Sponsors: Representatives from: Garden Store, Garden
of Remembrance Gardening Club, Wyenot.com, Ross Gazette, Ross Pre-School
Playgroup, Phoenix Theatre, Lucas Motorcycles,
Ross Heritage Centre. DSC_6949
evening closed with thank you presentations of flowers to
Sue Holland, Margaret Lucas (who had also celebrated her
birthday last week), Jo Ashman (who is also shortly to retire)
and Lyn Tomlinson (who was also celebrating a milestone
birthday the following day). As
it was also Alan's birthday on Presentation Day he was presented
with a bottle of whiskey.
Parker, who had helped to organize most of the evening was
presented with a bottle of wine. The Mayor of Ross, Cllr
Phil Cutter, told everyone that the work and commitment
of Ross-in-Bloom and all present for the evening are exactly
the volunteers that he was talking about at his Mayor Making
in May. Volunteer work such as this embodies the true spirit
of Ross and he and the council really appreciated all the
hard work put in by volunteer organizations as well as individuals.
He closed by congratulating everyone on their achievements
and thanking Ross-in-Bloom for a wonderful evening.
Powell, who had been in charge of the running for the evening,
congratulated everyone again and wished them a safe journey
home and good gardening for next year. Ross-in-Bloom is
self-supporting for all events and a raffle during the evening
raised enough funds to pay for the hire of the theatre.
wonderful evening was rounded off with a surprise birthday
party for Lyn with other invited guests including family
and friends, some of whom were colleagues from other County
final lists of results for Containers with Commercial placings
etc. will be printed next week. All garden certificates
were sent out by post in August. Any omissions are purely
Spirit Awards Individual Help: Rose Dean, Rita Haggett, Iris Price,
Janet Auty (represented by Georgine Sutherland and Dora Wallace).
Lucas, Sue Holland and Lyn Tomlinson. DSC_6957
Sinclair-Powell, Sue Holland Mayoress, Chris Cutter, Margaret Lucas
and Mayor, Phil Cutter. DSC_6965
Community Spirit Award - Thank You!
Thank you very much to all who are involved with Ross in
Bloom and to Halcyon Daze for awarding me with the 'Overall
Community Spirit Award' and the 'Halcyon Daze Award' at
Sunday evening's Ross in Bloom Award Presentations at the
award came as a complete and utter surprise and I had gone
along to the presentations (so I thought) to take photos
of those who deserve awards far more than I do, for having
nice gardens. At nice gardens, I fail miserably!
I known in advance that I was to be awarded myself, I would
have put on some trousers, instead of going scruffy, in
shorts, an old jumper and walking boots. Still, the shorts
made for some good jokes on the evening. I would like to
say that the nasty scratches on the back of my left leg
were inflicted while photographing the local Black Panther
or something else equally exotic (being self inflicted by
another kind of cat - of nine tails, having joined 'Opus
Dai' would have been a good one) but sadly it was nothing
quite so exotic. They were inflicted by a bramble bush whilst
trying to strim my way to get to my office which is fast
becoming overgrown by, shall we say, 'natural vegetation'.
My own premises is certainly not a good advertisement for
Ross in Bloom!
sincere thank you to everybody involved with Ross in Bloom.
It is you and the many other community spirited people and
groups who make the town of Ross-on-Wye what it is today
- a fantastic place both to live in or to visit. I only
show what you have done!
Press: Family Films at Ashfield Park
The Friends of Ashfield Park have organised a family event
at Ashfield Park Primary School on October 6th. We have
invited Flix in the Stix to show the film 'Iceage' commencing
at 6.00pm with the doors opening a 5.45pm. Tickets are available
from the school office on a first come, first served basis
and are £2.50 per head or £9.00 for a family group of four
people. (We ask for an adult per group of children, please.)
The price includes a drink and sweets or popcorn.
is the first time we have used the services of Flix in the
Stix but hope it will not be the last. We are planning for
this to be a repeatable family event for all the community.
We look forward to seeing many children and families coming
along and enjoying a film just for them.
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