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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 155 - Wednesday, 11th July 2007
Merton House Garden Fete
House Hotel for disabled visitors held a successful fete
on Sunday afternoon. In the top picture, Mrs. Barbara Marshall
from Birmingham, wife of Bob Marshall, a great benefactor
of Merton House officially opens the fate.
afternoon event was well supported by many, including Mrs.
Joyce Thomas MBE DL, Councillor Phil Cutter and Rev. Denis
Clarringbull, who can be seen in the bottom picture, with
David Ravenscroft of Ross Lions.
New Programme of Events for Ross Creative Learning Centre
This summer, The Creative Learning Centre in Ross-On-Wye
has a great new programme of events for young people across
the county. Catering for all ages and for a wide variety
of interests, there really is something for everyone.
Through collaboration with The Courtyard, Herefordshire's
Centre for the Arts, Basement Youth Trust, Herefordshire
Council Youth Service and Ross Live!, The Creative Learning
Centre is offering a brilliant programme of summer events
from July through to September.
will include activities and workshops ranging from photography
to graphic design, football to contemporary dance, kayaking
to mountain biking, animation to singing and music production.
And all under the guidance of top tutors and workshop leaders
from across the country within state-of-the-art facilities,
rehearsal and performance spaces.'
facility is a great thing for the whole community, and is
creating a wonderful opportunity for young people in Herefordshire,'
says Ben Peer, Centre Manager in Ross and Community Arts
Development Officer at The Courtyard. 'The program is our
most comprehensive ever, and we've managed to bring together
a superb team of tutors who will bring such a lot to the
Ross Live! The Centre will provide a special program of
events, which features performances from the exuberant New
Rope String Band and the talented BBC Young Musician Hannah
Roper. Other activities include theatre workshops from Heartbreak
Productions, a theatrical summer school at the Phoenix Theatre
and the opportunity to sing Beethoven's Ninth in a day.
organizers would urge readers to book soon, as there are
limited spaces on some of the courses. A full programme
of activities in Adobe Acrobat format can be downloaded
here. (You may have to adjust your security settings
but the file is safe.)
for more information or to sign up for an activity they
can contact Ben Peer at firstname.lastname@example.org 07841
501723 or Amy Forbes at email@example.com 07866
557735. The Creative Learning Centre is on Hill Street in
Lions Give Support to Ross MS Group
the latest recruit to the Ross-on-Wye Lions Club, David
Lingwood, was talking to his neighbour, who happens to be
an MS sufferer, he heard that the Ross MS Support Group
was raising funds to purchase a special light weight wheelchair.
This wheelchair is especially light so that people with
disabilities can lift it in and out of their cars easily.
David knew he had to do something about it, this was what
Lions was about, that is why he had joined the Lions club.
At his next meeting he proposed that the club purchase the
£250 wheelchair for the MS Group and, as he expected, it
met with the approval of all of his colleagues in the Lions
Club. After all, it was a very worthy cause.
Ross MS Support Group has around fifteen members attending
their meetings and any one of them can borrow equipment
whenever they need it. It makes life so much easier for
them and enables them to get around instead of sitting at
the MS Group's latest meeting at the Larruperz Centre, the
Ross Lions President, Keith Wilding, along with Lion David
Lingwood and Public Relations Officer Bernard Fowkes were
present in order for Keith to present a cheque to the Group
and for all to see the light weight wheelchair they had
Cheeseman, new Chairman of the Ross MS Supporters Group,
thanked the Lions for their generosity and continued support.
She said that the group sent out over 50 Newsletters to
supporters and were looking to increase this number.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Ross
MS Support Group you can contact Gay on 01531 670680. They
meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Larruperz
Centre at 7:00 pm
you would like to learn more about what the Ross Lions Club
do you can find out on their website at www.rossonwyelions.org.
Andi James at the Prince of Wales
provided the Saturday Live music at the Prince of Wales
this week. I had hoped to make it to the gig, and indeed
went to the Prince earlier in the evening for something
else and took the photo below. The weekend however was an
incredibly busy one and I was unable to get back for the
hope it went well. Sorry we missed you, Andi and we look
forward to the next one. Fate seems to be intervening here
somewhere. Last time I photographed you at the White Lion
Festival 2006 PP (Pre Pergola) the Heavens opened and your
performance had to be cancelled. Third time lucky, maybe!
Herefordshire Council - Library Events Support the Big Wild Read
Herefordshire libraries are staging a wealth of events to
coincide with the launch of the Big Wild Read, this year's
Summer Reading Challenge. The
Big Wild Read is being launched on Wednesday, 11th July
at Queenswood arboretum, by youngsters from Stoke Prior
primary school who will be completing a nature trail and
Youngsters taking part in the Big Wild Read are challenged
to read any six books from the library over the summer,
keeping track of them in a special folder. For every book
read, youngsters can stick a tree token in their folder
and, at the end of the challenge, all the tree tokens will
go towards planting real trees thanks to the Woodland Trust's
Trees for All campaign. The aim is to plant 20,000 new trees
well as reading books, youngsters will find out about endangered
animals and ways to help the environment. There are also
some great scratch and sniff stickers to collect along the
way. To take part, youngsters should go to their local library
to pick up a folder and get started. There are book collections
for libraries devised specifically to support The Big Wild
Read, including books around the theme of nature and the
environment, and books that are just great summer reads.
who complete the Big Wild Read by reading six or more books
will receive a medal and / or certificate. All materials
are free from libraries and The Big Wild Read is open to
children aged four to 11 during the school summer holidays.
tie in with the Big Wild Read, a series of wildlife themed
events are being held at libraries throughout Herefordshire.
Activities include Animal Encounters, where an armadillo,
meercat and skunk will be brought along to meet children.
Craft workshops 'Plants and Pots' and 'Making Bugs' are
also being held. Ian Whybrow is holding two sessions on
Wednesday, 15th August, one of which is at Hereford Library
and the other at Leominster Library, when he will talk about
is a workshop with the Beekeeping Association with interactive
elements and a talk about the importance and role of bees.
Wildplay will do a bug hunt at Colwall, the Green Butterfly
company are to help create a collage of how they see Bromyard
and Kington, focusing on resources and energy, and there
will also be a compost game to do with recycling.
Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for economic development
and community services, said: 'Many children in Herefordshire
really enjoy the summer reading challenge and staff at the
county's libraries are staging a series of fun events and
workshops to support the project. Many youngsters are also
concerned about the impact global warming has on the environment
so we are expecting a record number of children to take
part in The Big Wild Read inspired by the chance to really
make a difference, not least by helping to plant 20,000
new trees in the UK's regional woods.'
for activities are as follows: Hereford Library:
'Plants and Pots,' Wednesday, 25th July at 2.30pm;
'Animal Encounters,' Friday, 10th August at 2pm;
'A Bucketful of Stories,' with Ian Whybrow on Wednesday,15th
August at 2pm; and 'Making Bugs' on Thursday, 30th August
Library: 'Plants and Pots' on Thursday, 26th July at
'Animal Encounters' on Wednesday, 1st August at 2pm;
'A bucketful of stories' with Ian Whybrow on Wednesday,
15th August at 10.30am and
'Making Bugs' on Friday, 24th August at 2.30pm.
Library: 'Animal Encounters' on Monday, 23rd
July at 2pm;
'Plants and Pots' on Thursday, 2nd August at 2.30pm;
'Bees' on Thursday, 16th August at 2.30pm and
'Making Bugs' on Thursday, 30th August at 10.30am.
Library: 'Plants and Pots,' Tuesday, 31st July;
'Green Butterfly' drop-in session to create a collage, Wednesday,
8th August from 2pm until 4pm;
'Making Bugs,' Friday, 31st August at 10.30am.
Kington Library: 'Plants and Pots' on Wednesday,
1st August at 10.30am;
'Green Butterfly' drop-in to create a collage, Wednesday,
8th August from 2pm until 4pm;
'Making Bugs,' Friday, 17th August, at 10.30am.
Library: 'Plants and Pots,' Wednesday, 25th July at
Craft activity, Wednesday, 8th August;
'Making Bugs,' Friday, 10th August at 2.30pm;
Compost game, Wednesday, 29th August at 2.30pm.
Library: 'Plants and Pots,' Friday, 3rd August at 2.30pm;
Wildplay, Wednesday, 15th August from 2.30pm until 4.30pm;
'Making Bugs,' Friday, 31st August at 10.30am.
Library: 'Plants and Pots,' Thursday, 26th July at 2.30pm;'
Making Bugs,' Friday, 31st August at 10.30am.
Library: 'Plants and Pots,' Friday, 10th August at 10.30am;
'Making Bugs,' Tuesday, 28th August at 2.30pm.
Library: 'Plants and Pots,' Thursday, 23rd August at
'Making Bugs, Thursday, 30th August at 2.30pm.
Outward Bound from Goodrich
six pupils from Goodrich primary School spent a week 'Outward
Bound' at Holly
Barn, close to Symonds Yat Rock last week, where they
enjoyed team building exercises such as abseiling, orienteering
the photo, Rebecca Constance, Emily Watson, Darian Cole,
Storm Cocking, Lily Lane, Kelly Sparrow and Nichola Burns
can be seen with instructor, David Owens and Ben Williams,
from Holly Barn.
Walford Primary School helping Macmillan
at Walford Primary School raised a fantastic £250.00
towards the Macmillan Charles Renton Unit appeal by holding
a non-uniform day. A group of representatives from the school
presented a cheque for the amount last Wednesday, to Mrs.
Joyce Thomas, Patron of Macmillan, Ross-on-Wye and Dawn
Boaden, Chairman of the Walford Group.
the picture presenting the cheque are Head Teacher, Steven
Roberts, Dawn Boaden, Joyce Thomas, Joseph, Josephine, William,
Anna, Cameron, Tilley, Kieren, Dominick, Saudari, Jacob,
Jacob, Lily, Anna-May and Alex.
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.
for week commencing Monday, 2nd July 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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