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No. 133 - 7th February 2007
[One Way - For the Over 16s - Literacy at Ashfield - Jazz at the
RNC - Create a Wildlife Walk - Tribute to Joanne]
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Way Plan For St. Joseph's
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School are currently
in the process of putting together a School Travel Plan,
the aim of which is to improve safety, to ease traffic congestion
around the school, to promote healthy lifestyles and sustainable
methods of travel. As part of this process, the school have
introduced a one way system for cars transporting children
to and from school, beginning on Monday, 5th January 2007.
drivers have been asked to enter The Avenue from Walford
Road and to park below the school entrance and only on the
school side of The Avenue. After dropping off or picking
up their children, drivers are asked to continue down The
Avenue, turning into Eastfield Road rather than turn around
and drive back up The Avenue and on to Walford Road. The
school have even provided a map for clarification.
at St. Joseph's hope that people will be patient, supportive
and understanding during the initial period of change as
the motivation behind this plan is the welfare of the children
and care for the environment.
for the over 16s of Ross-on-Wye
Ross Lions Bonfire Night last November and during a 'Taster
Day' at Y-Zone in January, the Courtyard Community Arts
officers Benjamin Peer and Amy Forbes showcased a variety
of creative performances and free sessions to give the over
16s of Ross-on-Wye an idea of what new artistic courses
could become available to them.
project, funded by The EU Regional Development Fund and
the Arts Council through the Creative Learning Centre working
in partnership with Herefordshire Council Youth Services
and The Courtyard is finally ready to run some of the courses
requested at the two events.
. . .
Night Last November. Ref: DSC_8124
on all of the feedback and information collected on bonfire
night and at the 'taster' day, The Courtyard now know what
you want and are ready to deliver it. Starting this week,
there will be three free sets of creative sessions for those
over 16 years old from Ross-on-Wye.
will be weekly Breakdancing with 'Urban Edge', on Wednesdays
at 6 pm, between 7th February and 4th April. Weekly Hip
Hop, scratching, mixing and rapping with 'Dubmerge' will
take place on Thursday nights at 7 PM between 1st February
and 22nd March. And an open studio music production facility
(do your own thing or get tutorials) will take place weekly
on Saturdays and Sundays, 12.30 PM to 9.30 PM between 10th
February and 4th March, at 'Y Zone' in Hill Street.
is a great opportunity, specifically aimed at young people
in Ross so that they can benefit from funding specifically
aimed at them. Over 16s will be able to learn a new skill,
better an existing interest, train up in an artistic skill
they actually care about and fill some of their spare time.
And if these workshops aren't quite what you would like
to see in Ross, all you need do is get in touch with Amy
or Ben, The Courtyard's Community Arts Officers and let
them know what you really would like.
further details, please feel free to contact Amy Forbes
on 07866 557 735 or Ben Peer on 07841 501 723.
at Y-Zone in January. Ref: DSC_2559
Event at Ashfield Park
part of National Storytelling Week, Ashfield Park Primary
School held a literacy event on Tuesday 30th January, giving
parents the opportunity to look at the school's new reading
scheme, The Oxford Tree. The school is constantly adding
to this resource and the scheme has been very popular with
both staff and pupils.
reading materials used in class in both key stages were
on display for parents to view as were examples of children's
writing (by anonymous or past pupils) giving parents a clearer
picture of what the levels given in SATs mean.
the day, storyteller Austin Keenan entertained the children
whilst parents were given demonstrations of the type of
resources used via interactive whiteboards which showed
what and how the children are learning. There were also
two after school sessions for parents to participate in
storytelling sessions with their children.
being given an interactive whiteboard demonstration. Ref: DSC_3160
Austin Keenan Keeps the children occupied. Ref: DSC_3165
looking at some of the 'Shared' reading books. Ref: DSC_3171
at the Royal National College for the Blind
by many to be the greatest jazz trumpeter in Europe, Rod
Mason and his band, the Hot Five, will be taking a break
from touring the international jazz scene to perform in
support of the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)
in Hereford, on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March, 2007.
and his band come over from Germany each March to play at
a handful of selected UK venues including RNC. Tickets always
sell out, so this year we're delighted that he'll be performing
an extra evening', said RNC's Marion Lyons.
'Fans can sit back, relax in comfortable café-style seating
and enjoy an evening of live classic jazz from Europe's
The event is being organized by the Friends of RNC to raise
funds for a variety of projects involved in the teaching
of students who are blind or partially sighted.
Mason's musical career began with his father's band in Plymouth
in the 1950s. Since then his cornet and trumpet have featured
with Monty Sunshine's Band, Mr Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz
Band and the Dutch Swing College Band, as well as a band
co-led in the seventies with Ian Wheeler.
Hot Five, formed 20 years ago and are today critically acclaimed
as Europe's No 1 hot band. Their broad repertoire is firmly
rooted in classic jazz, featuring original arrangements
from Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Seven, King Oliver's
Creole Band and Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, plus
a wide selection of material from other (sometimes unexpected)
sources. These are not merely slavish copies - Mason's unmistakable
style and undeniable virtuosity create a fresh yet remarkably
accurate performance of living classic jazz.
concert is taking place at 7.30pm, RNC, College Road, Hereford.
Tickets are priced £9, concessions £8 and are on sale now
from RNC Fund-raising on 01432 265725, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a Wildlife Walk with Ross Wild Connections
you looking for fresh air and fun? Why not team up with
'Ross Wild Connections', Herefordshire Nature Trusts' latest
project to create wildlife areas in and around the town.
you enjoy practical outdoor work like cutting back overgrown
plants, managing ponds for frogs and newts and creating
new wildlife havens, the Ross Wild Connections team will
be getting out and about once a month and are inviting you
to join them. You could either join in occasionally or on
a regular basis.
fruits of your labours will form the highlights of a new
circular wildlife walk due to be launched in 2008. There
will be something for everybody, from the strongest to the
keenest and for those with experience to share or those
who would like to learn about nature.
'Ross Wild Connections' project has been has been made possible
through funding by Biffaward, a multi-million pound environment
fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. It
is also supported by Defra's Sustainable Development Fund
administered by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) Unit.
you would like to join in, the first work party will be
taking place on Tuesday, 27th February. Please book ahead
by telephoning and leaving a message for Jessica Blake on
tribute to Joanne Purdy
family of a young woman who was killed in a road collision
in North Herefordshire have described her as a 'larger
than life character who would light up a room as soon
as she walked in'.
Purdy - who was known to friends and family simply
as Jo - died on Thursday, 1st February after her car
was involved in a collision on the B4362 near to the
village of Bircher. Her Peugeot 106 was in collision
with a silver Peugeot 307 at around 5.50 PM, leaving
both cars with extensive damage. The male driver of
the other vehicle sustained shock but was otherwise
a statement, JO’s family said they would remember
the 19 year old’s love of life, adding that she would
be sorely missed as a beautiful daughter, sister and
granddaughter, as well as someone who touched the
lives of all she met.
in Northampton, Joanne moved with her family to Worcestershire
at an early age and was brought up in Upper Rochford,
near Tenbury Wells. She attended Tenbury Primary and
High Schools and had stayed in contact with many of
her friends from the Tenbury and Ludlow areas. She
moved to Bromsgrove in February 2006 but returned
to live with her parents in Kingsland, Herefordshire,
in October last year and began work as a dental receptionist
a ‘people person’ she had settled in well to her new
job and was well-liked by staff and patients. She
was proud to have achieved one of her ambitions when
she became a nursery nurse after she left school,
where she was adored by the children who knew her
as ‘JO-JO’. She was also a Godparent to two of her
best friends’ children.
enjoyed a busy social life with a large group of friends
and particularly enjoyed going to organized raves
and dancing the night away in her pink fluffy boots,'
said the family statement. 'She and her friends had
travelled as far afield as Milton Keynes and the Birmingham
NEC for special nights out. She
also loved spending time with her family, Godchildren
and her two cats Daisy and Mischief but was very much
a free spirit who loved life to the full.'
funeral will take place at Kingsland Church on Friday,
9th February at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend
and further details are available from funeral directors
RW Mann on 01568 612358. Spring flowers or donations
to Cats Protection are welcome.
inquest into JO’s death will be opened today (Tuesday)
by the Herefordshire Coroner.
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