is on to raise funds at Bridstow Primary School
PTFA at Bridstow Primary School set itself the target of
raising £5,000 over two academic years with which to purchase
books and equipment for the new School Library. So far,
with just three months to go, they have raised over £3,000.
Fund-raising events from Bingo evenings, Christmas Fairs,
Beetle Drives, Sponsored events with the children taking
part and the annual Summer Fair have all helped to raise
next event, due to take place on Sunday, 22 April is just
a bit different. There is a table sale on in the School
Hall and the LaGrue family will be bringing their Legend
race cars into the playground for people to admire, sit
in and have a photograph taken. Poppy
and Toby LaGrue both attend Bridstow and Mum Nicola is the
driver of one of the Legend cars, which have speeds of up
to 120 mph.
table sale is a great opportunity to have a clear out and
'recycle' some of your unwanted items. Anyone wishing to
have a table, which cost £5, can come along to the school
from 10am on Sunday morning. Buyers and those wishing to
see the race cars can come along after 11am and entrance
to the event will be 50p per person.
is offering advertising space on her car for companies who
would like to sponsor the only woman currently in the Legends
championship. Please contact Conor on 01684 298700.
further details about Sunday's event or to book a table
in advance please contact Jules on 01989 568941 .
Lions Club Growing
with their membership drive, the Ross-on-Wye Lions club
signed up a new member at a recent meeting. Fifty one year
old David Lingwood, who lives in Ledbury Road, Ross, with
his wife Maureen, had been looking for some time to join
an organization which did good work for the local community.
has lived in Ross-on-Wye for three years and once his family
and work circumstances were right he looked for a group
who most met his ideals. His family are now old enough not
to need his chauffeur services so much and he also works
from home, which gives him some spare time. His work takes
him abroad around a third of his working hours.
David looked at the website of the local Lions club (www.rossonwyelions.org)
and decided that Ross Lions was the organization he wanted
to join. He is the third new member to sign up within the
last few months. David is an avid supporter of the Gloucester
Ross Lions club now has 23 members and is aiming to attain
a maximum of 30. Anyone who is interested in becoming a
Lion because they want to do something for the community
and the wider world should contact a local Lion, give Jim
Hamilton a ring on 01600 890830 or Bernard Fowkes on 0845
the Python found in the woods!
officers from Ledbury were certainly in for a big surprise
when they went down to the woods on Sunday afternoon and
were confronted by a 8ft long Burmese python. The officers
were responding to calls from several members of the public
who had been walking along a footpath and seen the giant
snake motionless on the ground.
as to whether the snake was dead or alive, Sergeant Emma
Wright and PC Dan Underwood made their way to the scene,
to find the serpent very much in the land of the living
and needing to be removed. 'We were unsure of exactly what
sort of snake we were dealing with, so I took a photo of
it on my mobile phone and we contacted the West Midlands
Safari park, who pretty quickly confirmed that it was a
Burmese python,' said Sgt Wright. 'We then needed to make
sure the snake could be safely removed from the area and
then had to find a suitable home for it.'
veterinary surgeon Derek Stoakes was called out to assist
and, together with the officers, was able to coax the python
into a box ready to be removed. 'I was very impressed by
the way the officers dealt with the situation because this
was a very large snake. I have treated snakes in the past
but this was considerably bigger than anything I had seen
before,' said Mr Stoakes. 'The snake was pretty still when
I arrived but became quite active - possibly because it
was quite a warm day.'
safely placed in a secure box for transportation, one of
Herefordshire Division’s wildlife crimes officers, PC Kevin
Le Good, drove the serpent to the Vale Wildlife Centre in
Evesham where it has been given a temporary home. Dubbed
‘Monty’ by staff, the python is said to be enjoying the
attention and is none the worse for his woodland escapades.
. . .
have not received any reports of missing snakes and it seems
most likely that Monty was abandoned by his owner. PC Kevin
Le Good said: “'t is not very often we get called out to
deal with snakes - and certainly not ones as big as this.
Fortunately this story has a happy ending and Monty is now
enjoying his new home at the Vale Wildlife Centre.
it seems most likely that Monty was abandoned by the roadside
by its owner, who presumably no longer wanted to keep the
snake as a pet. Clearly this was a very dangerous thing
to do and was done without any thought to either public
safety or the welfare of the snake itself.
considering buying exotic animals should stop and think
whether they really are suitable as pets and whether they
are capable of looking after them correctly. Dumping any
animal by the roadside is a particularly cruel thing to
do, especially with domesticated pets who may not be able
to fend for themselves.'
with information as to who the owner of the snake is should
contact Ledbury Police on 08457 444888.
Zebras - Live at the Prince of Wales, Ross
short video clip of the Zebras was filmed by Ken Gascoigne
of Avec Design at the Prince of Wales, Ross on Saturday,
is quite dark because it was recorded by the light of a
fruit machine only.
performance was a really good one which attracted one of
the largest audiences to the Prince of Wales Saturday Live
Music evenings so far.
you to Ken for making the recording.
Power tools worth around £2,250 have been stolen from a
workshop at Goodrich. A padlock on the door of the workshop
was removed to gain entry, some time between 1pm and 5.20pm
on Wednesday, 4th April. Once inside, the offenders removed
several chain saws, hedge trimmers, strimmers and a rotary
who saw suspicious activity in the village that afternoon
is asked to contact PC Emma Terry at Ross-on-Wye Police
Station on 08457 444888, quoting ref: 641-s-040407.
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