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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 141 - 4th April 2007
Week - [JKHS Chefs - Photographic Memoirs - Police Authority
- People First - Tudorville Cemetery - Wind in the Willows]
[Decade at the Heritage Centre - JKHS on the Isle of Aran - Music at
Stevie in Abu Dhabi - Can you help Richard? - Ross-in-Bloom]
the Concrete - 25 Years for Ave - And 75 for Jane - Public Notices]
Passion - Sarah and James meet the stars - Newspaper and magazine photography
- Rugby - Weather Station]
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accept my apologies for this issue of Wyenot News being
very late. This was due to something else I had to work
on last week, which took away most of my prep time. Thank
you very much to Tina, who helped me edit this edition on
her day off from the White Lion. We both worked 17 hours
yesterday to try and get it ready and didn't get around
to our evening meal until 1:30 am. In the end though, tiredness
took its toll and we were making more and more mistakes,
so we went to bed leaving the final two hours work for the
JKHS chefs of the future at The Red Lion, Peterstow
Dave Rapson of the Red Lion at Peterstow has been running
a four week master class in catering for students at the
John Kyrle High School. The course is very practical and
designed for students who have shown a keen interest in
this area. Organized by Kim Thorpe, ALPS Learning Co-ordinator,
as part of the school's ALPS project, the course has received
very high praise from the students, who have learned some
very useful skills.
The final day of their course was Thursday 29th March ,
when parents and staff from the school were invited to sample
the high quality fare that the students had produced. The
Home-made tomato soup with freshly baked bread, fresh pasta
with meatballs in a special tomato sauce followed by profiteroles
with fresh cream and chocolate sauce
and Kim hope to run more of these classes for students from
across the county to give these young people a head start
when they leave school and start looking for colleges courses
or employment within the catering industry.
left to right in the photograph below are: Kim Thorpe, ALPS
Co-ordinator, Bjorn Richards of the Red Lion, Proprietor
Dave Rapson, student Ashley Kibble, Dave Chatwin of John
Kyrle High School and students Craig Morgan and Sophie Neville.
of an Accidental Photographer
Tina will no doubt testify, I have been like a bear with
a sore head at home for the past week because I have been
very nervous. I was asked by Ross Rotary Club some time
ago if I would be their after dinner speaker. I felt kind
of flattered to have been asked, but at the same time, too
nervous to accept the invitation. Anyway, the long and the
short of it is that I got persuaded.
week's news has been curtailed somewhat and is going to
be extremely late getting on-line as a result because, having
known about this event since before Christmas, nervousness
caused me to completely blank the event from my mind until
last week, when the arranged date had suddenly become imminent.
The Rotary Club wanted me to talk about myself and I have
spent virtually the whole of the past week trying to remember
stuff from the past and getting what I was going to say
about myself?' These people obviously have no idea of the
kind of person I was during my childhood and teenage years,'
I kept thinking. On the Monday before 'my night', I went
along to the Rotary Club dinner on a 'reccy' and the speaker
was somebody important - somebody far more interesting than
I. 'How am I going to get out of this one?' I thought.
. . .
reality was - I was too scared to talk and too scared to
back out. I was given some advice the week before though.
Just be yourself! So that is exactly what I did. (Other
than exchange my usual shorts, walking boots, beany hat
and eccentric rainbow jumper for a suit.)
my utter amazement, my talk seemed to go down extremely
well. There is being honest and there is being honest.
I think I was pretty much the latter. If you are very broad
minded and would like to find out about a scientifically
minded teenager who enjoyed, let's just say, 'exotic pipe
weed' and loud bangs in the middle of the night before accidentally
becoming a news photographer, a copy of my after dinner
of an Accidental Photographer'. can be read by clicking
the link. The document should open in an Adobe Acrobat format,
in a separate window or you can right click to download.
The file is 821Kb, so it may take a few moments.
that my talk is over, I would like to say that I really
did enjoy meeting members of Ross-on-Wye Rotary Club very
much indeed and I would like to thank you all for your friendly
welcome, two dinners at the Royal Hotel and for being so
understanding of my nervousness. Now that I can feel more
relaxed, I shall come along to another meeting and enjoy
the friendly atmosphere more fully.
of Police Authority Member from Herefordshire
Dunford, who lives in Goodrich, Herefordshire has been re-appointed
as an Independent Member to West Mercia Police Authority
and will hold office until March 2011.
'I am very pleased to have been re-appointed. West Mercia
Police continue to be one of the highest performing forces
in the country and although we know we face many challenges
I am confident we can continue to deliver a service that
the people of Herefordshire and indeed all of West Mercia
can be proud of,' said Peter.
Deneen, Chair of West Mercia Police Authority said, 'I am
delighted with Peter's re-appointment. Peter has made a
valuable contribution to the work of the Authority and we
know he will continue to do so.'
first joined the Police Authority as an independent Member
in April 2004. He is currently Chair of the Authority's
Force Performance Monitoring Panel and a member of the Herefordshire
Community Policing Board. He represents the Police Authority
on the West Mercia Constabulary Hereford Project Board and
the national Association of Police Authorities Performance
Management Police Group. He is a charity manager, a partner
in a food ingredient/training business, and a trustee of
the Association of Care Trainers (ACT) Hereford & Worcester.
appointed to the Police Authority were: Robin Bennett (Shropshire),
Ms Kate Pready-James (Shropshire), Zad Padda (Worcestershire)
and Colonel Tony Ward OBE (Worcestershire).
Giri Nathan, from Redditch and Robert Forster will leave
the Police Authority as Members on 31 March 2007.
first at John Kyrle
Kyrle High School is celebrating the successful renewal
of its 'Investors In People' award. Keith Robinson, an assessor
for the West Midlands Quality Centre, visited the school
in February and his recent report is full of praise for
the improvements that the school has undergone.
areas of strength, according to the report, included, 'a
culture that shows appreciation for effort and achievement;
where people give praise and say thank you' and also, 'a
clear approach toward encouraging people to make decisions
and take ownership and responsibility for their performance.'
Nigel Griffiths, said, 'This is one of the most important
awards we receive. All of our successes and the opportunities
we offer students are due to the hard work and continued
commitment of staff and governors. It is vital that they
feel valued and supported. The excellent independent findings
of this report are evidence of the team ethos and good spirit
within the school.'
with headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, Assistant head Rob Wallace
and Chair of Governors Karen Frost are some of the school's
invaluable support staff: Wendy Bateman, Carol Straughan,
Heather Collinson and caretaker Bryan Jones.
Students Smarten Up Tudorville Cemetery
Imaginative links between Ross Town Council and Holme Lacy
College provide work opportunities for five students working
towards a conservation qualification on a Skills for Working
Life course. Richard Evans, Margaret Baker, Dave Stevens,
John Bird and Stephen Roberts have contributed many hours
of hard work including carpentry and landscaping skills
to make a difference to Tudorville Cemetery in Ross-on-Wye.
The students have created a beautiful flower bed which is
surrounded by a little wooden fence with four pathways leading
up to the centrepiece, making a most attractive entrance
to the cemetery.
News visited the cemetery just in time to see the last plant
bedded. Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Phil Cutter also arrived
to personally thank the students for all their hard work
in helping to make Ross a more attractive town to visit.
the photograph below from left to right are: The Town Clerk
Denise Mason, Assistant handyman Wesley Downing, The Mayor,
Phil cutter, Richard Evans, who celebrated his birthday
on the same day, Stephen Roberts, John Bird, Hugh Wisdom,
Tutor, Margaret Baker and handyman Les Downing.
good job well done. Ref: DSC_5619
Mayor wishes Richard a Happy Birthday. Ref: DSC_5613
Wind in the Willows at Ross Library
group of young performers from the Courtyard Theatre visited
Ross Library on Saturday 31st March and acted out one of
the scenes from the play The Wind in the Willows for local
children. After the performance the children had an activity
session which involved making and colouring masks of some
of the main characters.
- Jack Preston, Ratty - Jamie Hutton, Mole - Justyn Cooper, Badger
- Derun Rosser, Cuthbert - Adam Moran
fun mask making are: Ollie, Willow, Eleanor, Alice, Thomas and Naomi.
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