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Issue No. 137 - 7th March 2007
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World Book Day

Pupils from St. Joseph's RC Primary and Llangrove Primary schools had great fun dressing up as their favourite childrens' book characters to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March.

The pupils of St. Joseph's school. Ref: DSC_4610

The children of Llangrove School. Ref: DSC_4625

Syringes in the street

Tina noticed this collection of syringes, hypodermic needles, medical drugs and surgical wipes in Three Crosses Close, whilst walking the dog on Thursday morning. I reported them to the police, who informed me that 'police officers are not insured for dealing with sharps'. They did offer to inform those who are but I took them to Ross Cottage Hospital myself, where they were disposed of.

Ref: DSC_9039

Skittles Finals at the Conservative Club

It was skittles finals night on Saturday so I went along to the Conservative Club to photograph some of the players with their trophies. 'The Crazy Gang' in the first photograph, were the winning team, scoring 278 points against the Prince of Wales' score of 273. Ross Bowling Club came third.

The Crazy Gang are: Katie Goodman, John Evans, Clive Goodman, Selina Goodman, Den Goodman, Mark Brooke, Lee Kibble, Dameon Goodman, Chris Goodman, Nick Stephens, James Weatherhead and Ros Evans. Ref: DSC_4782

Ross Bowling Club: Paul Vitale, Neil Price, Howard Foxwell, Chris Creed, Tim Creed, Richard Cooke, Dave Lander,
Mike Ebert, Norman Clarke and Keith Bullock. Ref: DSC_4790

The Prince of Wales team: Terry Baldwin, Pete Hobden, Neil Brooke, Darryl Burns, Phil Baldwin, Ken Baldwin, John Dyke, Paul Wooding, J. Christopher and A. Bevan. Ref: DSC_4800

Left is Chris Goodman (Highest number of pins) and right, Pete Hobden (Highest average.) Ref: DSC_4803

Rugby: Ross dig deep for victory

Gloucester Division 2: Tredworth 11 Ross-on-Wye 20

With the season entering "the business end" of the campaign, Ross were looking to continue their winning league run at Tredworth on Saturday, and keep up the pressure on leaders Dursley whom they face in a potential title decider match on 31st March. On the face of it Tredworth, who are bottom of the table should have been one of Ross's easier games. However Tredworth can be a difficult place to play and this is how Ross found it on Saturday.

The early encounters looked promising. Tredworth knocked on the kick off and from the first scrum, Tim Hanks the Ross No 8 broke right, feeding Simon Gwynne. Straight away there was a try scoring overlap, but Simon's pass fell short of Chris Gage and the opportunity was lost. Tredworth regrouped from the scrum and for the next 38 minutes dominated possession and territory. Benefiting from a series of 50/50 refereeing decisions, Tredworth were able to set up camp in the Ross twenty two for large parts of the first half. With luck not on their side Ross were forced to defend their line for what seemed like an age as the half progressed. Fortunately the Ross defence has been a strength during his campaign and on Saturday time after time they knocked Tredworth back in the tackle when a try seemed inevitable. As a consequence, Tredworth turned around at half-time 6-0 leaders thanks to two successful penalties from their fly half. However, without the well organized defensive effort Tredworth could have easily been three clear scores ahead.

After some soul searching at half time, Ross entered the fray in the second half determined not to see their season disintegrate in front of their eyes. There seemed to be an urgency about their play that was missing in the first half. With Wayne Williams, Tim Hanks and Matt Jones driving the ball hard into the Tredworth defence, at last Ross were beginning to get some go forward ball. Nick Rawlings found his lineout jumpers, the scrum was solid and Ross started to utilize possession. Chris Gage brought Ross level with two penalties after 20 minutes and with the game entering the final quarter Ross scored their first try. After an Ashley Nelms take in the lineout, Ross moved the ball quickly out to the backs. Andy Hunt cut inside his man and making twenty yards before being tackled by the cover defence deep in the twenty two. After securing possession through a couple of quick rucks, Ashley Nelms crashed over from close range to score and Chris Gage converted, giving Ross the lead 13-6.

Ross were now controlling the game and from the best move of the game, scored their second try. From off the top line out ball, Simon Gwynne fed Chay Brine, who threw two dummy scissors to his centre partners, Huw Bellamy and Andy Hunt. With the Tredworth defence held, Chay accelerated through a huge gap. He drew the Tredworth fullback before feeding Wayne Bishop who cruised over to score. Chris Gage converted giving Ross a 20-6 lead. On the final whistle Tredworth did score a consolation try giving a final score of 20-11 to Ross.

Next Saturday Ross are at home to Tetbury kick off 2.30pm.

Rugby: Ross 2nds

Ross 2nds played away to Berry Hill 3rds on Saturday and were unfortunate to come away with a 21 points to 5 defeat as this score line did not reflect the actual game, with all fifteen players putting in an enormous effort.

Ross entered half time 5 points to the good, with the try coming from their stand in captain Paul Haywood. As the second half began, Ross started where they left off, keeping the Berry Hill attack at bay for most of the second half and causing problems for them with counter attacks from defensive positions only to be prevented from handling errors in the wet or last ditch tackles from the Berry Hill defence.

With only seven minutes on the clock remaining and the score still at five points to nil to Ross, Berry Hill stepped up a gear and put even more pressure on the Ross defence, thus enabling them to score three tries and to win the game 21 points to 5. With strong performances from all of the Ross players, a man of the match was hard to choose from but it went jointly to Richard Russell and Paul Haywood.

Ross 2nds next game is against Upton on Severn 1sts in the Midlands cup at the John Kyrle High School on Saturday 10th March.

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important stations around the country which regularly sends data to the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice per day by husband and wife team, June and Rex Swallow.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 26th February 2007
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 7.2 0.4 3.8 7.2 4.5 8.5 0
Rainfall (mm) 3.6 5.1 2.3 0 18.3 3.2 21.4
Rainfall (inches) .14 .20 .09 0 .72 .13 .84
Maximum Temperature (C) 11 13 11 10 11 12 12
Maximum Temperature (F) 52 55 52 50 52 54 54
Minimum Temperature (C) 7 4 8 0 0 4 4
Minimum Temperature (F) 45 39 46 32 32 45 45
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) Withdrawn by Met Office
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (F) 47 47 47 47 46 46 46


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