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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 173 - Wednesday, 14th November 2007
Ross on Wye Lions Club brought the Ilfracombe and District
Male Voice Choir from Devon, together with the Drybrook
and District Choir to St' Mary's Church in Ross to take
part in a concert to raise funds for the restoration of
the Church Spire, the League of Friends and Lions Sight
First Appeal. This
was the first time they had met, with 14 choir members travelling
from Devon and 22 from the Forest of Dean, and they hit
it off immediately.
with their Musical Director, Jan Cross and accompanist Mike
Riley have a philosophy of singing for the fun of it while
Drybrook under the directorship of June Jones and accompanist
Margaret Holloway tend to take it more seriously. However,
the two groups after singing as individual groups came together
and were an immediate hit. Ross
Lion, John Davies was the Master of Ceremonies.
audience, which was of a fair size, enjoyed songs such as
Glorious Devon, Smoke gets in your eyes, The Song of the
Jolly Roger, A Roman War Song, Gwahoddiad, Chattanooga Choo
Choo etc. For almost two hours they kept the audience enthralled.
At the end of the concert the chairman of Drybrook presented
Ilfracombe with a Shield bearing their logo and Drybrook
received a picture of Lantern Hill, Ilfracombe. The Musical
Directors were each presented with a bouquet.
. . .
and District Male Voice Choir
Lions spokesman, Bernard Fowkes, said the evening was excellent
and this was not just confined to the concert in the church.
Afterwards, the choir, Lions and friends retired to the
Ross Rowing Club where they enjoyed a supper, prepared by
one of the Lions wives. The fun really started then as,
with drinks in their hands, the Ilfracombe choir commenced
to give a rendition of some old songs in a spirited fashion.
The Ilfracombe Musical Director, Jan Cross, took control
and soon the Ross Rowing Club building was reverberating
with the voices of more than forty voices as more guests
couldn't resist joining in. The presentation of these songs
was in a different mood to those that took place in the
church with laughter and fun being the main aim. This went
on all evening until closing time at twelve o'clock. Even
then the singers wanted to stay on but time is time.
Bernard said it was the most enjoyable evening he had had
for a long time and he looked forward to the two choirs
getting together again. Members of both choirs said how
much they had enjoyed it and said they would be happy to
repeat the event. The Ross Lions Activities Chairman, Lion
Andrew Middlecote said a future event would be something
he would be looking into.
Gordon Lucas thanked Jo Fowkes and presented her with a
bouquet of flowers for preparing the supper which was enjoyed
by everyone. He then thanked the choirs for providing such
a feast of music. Everyone had really enjoyed the evening.
A response from the Chairman of Drybrook and District Male
Voice Choir thanked the Lions for allowing them to take
part in the concert and indicated that they would be happy
to visit Ross again to help the Lions raise funds. The money
raised will be shared equally between the three beneficiaries.
audience in St. Mary's.
mixture of singers really enjoying themselves at the Ross Rowing
Club later in the evening.
Appeal for Help in Tracing Kate Prout
(added after publication date)
to the importance of finding Kate, this article has been
added to every page of this week's news, after the initial
publication date, in order to give the matter maximum exposure.
are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing
Forest of Dean woman Kathleen Prout.
55-year-old, known as Kate, has not been seen since she
left her home address in Redmarley on Monday, 5th November.
Prout is white, 5ft 6 tall and of medium build. Described
as having a pale complexion, she has blue eyes and red,
shoulder-length straight hair. She was wearing jeans and
a black v-neck top when she was last seen.
of the public are being urged to assist in the search for
Kate by reporting any sightings of her straightaway.
you think you may have seen her, please contact Gloucestershire
Constabulary on 0845 090 1234, quoting incident number 229
of 10th November.
presents his Chelsea Pensioner research to Ross Library
groups were evacuated to Herefordshire during the Second
World War, but few can have been as unusual as the group
of Chelsea Pensioners evacuated to Ross-on-Wye in 1939.
Local historian Gordon Amand discovered their story seven
years ago whilst researching a project for the Imperial
is now sixty years since the last Chelsea Pensioners left
the Ross area, so to commemorate this anniversary Gordon
has presented a copy of his work to Ross-on-Wye Library
to enable local residents to find out more about this chapter
of Ross history, and ensure that the story of the Chelsea
Pensioners of Ross is not forgotten.
Jan Nesaratnam, Senior Reader Services Librarian; Joan Robertshaw,
Customer Services Officer Libraries; Gordon Amand.
memory of my grandfather
by Bryan Cooper
few months ago I was in touch with Bryan Cooper of Stockton-on-Tees
regarding the Greytree memorial and his grandfather Tom
Cooper who was killed in 1917. He sent me a photo of his
grandfather and his grave in Belgium. At this time of the
year there will be memorial services in every town and village
in the country. I thought this story may be of interest,
as it focuses on one particular memorial in the town. The
memorial is not there now as it is being refurbished.'
of the sadnesses of my life is that I never met my grandfather,
Tom Cooper, and he never had the pleasure of watching his
son and six grandchildren grow up.
about 1911 Tom Cooper, a shepherd, employed by the Pearce's
of Cotterell Farm, Bridstow, was busy courting Mary Lane
from Kempley and on the 21st of March 1912 he and Mary married
at St Bridget's Church Bridstow and lived for a while in
one of the farm Cottages. He decided to look for better
prospects and soon found employment as a drayman for the
Alton Court Brewery, one of the biggest employers in Ross-on-Wye
at that time.
was born in Wold House, along with his four siblings, in
an isolated farm labourer's cottage near Wharram Percy,
North Yorkshire and moved to Ross-on-Wye to continue his
employment as a shepherd, as his father had done before
the 27 October 1913, Tom & Mary had their one and only child,
John Alec, and they moved to Lower Greytree to live. In
1916 Tom volunteered and joined the King's Liverpool Regiment
and then transferred to 78th company as Private 46281 T.
year or so later about the 11 September 1917 while Mary
was bathing their son, Alec, there was a knock on the door
by a boy with a telegram. It informed her that Tom had been
killed. She had to get on and look after Alec, as there
was nobody in the immediate vicinity to share her grief.
was informed he had been hit by shrapnel and eventually
died of his wounds. He is buried at the Canada Farm Cemetery
in Belgium, which took its name from a farmhouse used as
a dressing station during the Allied offensive. Most of
the burials there are of men who died at the dressing station
between June and October 1917.
July 1917, a year and four months before Armistice Day,
11th November 1918, a memorial was erected and dedicated
on the Greytree Estate to the memory of all those men who
served their country in the Great War. Thirty-six names
are listed from this closely-knit community in Ross.
from Tom Cooper three other men from Greytree were killed
in action. They were: J. Freeman, Edward Tom Llewellyn,
and W. Trigg. Their names are marked with a golden cross
on the memorial.
memorial was placed in the garden of Mrs St. Helier Evans,
widow of the vicar of Brampton Abbotts. Her son Lieutenant
M. Evans who had returned on leave from the Western Front
unveiled the memorial. The Rector of Ross, Rev. R. T. A.
Money- Kyrle conducted a short dedication service.
present owner of the Greytree memorial is now having it
refurbished, and when finished it will be rededicated. Their
Name Liveth for Evermore.
Cooper's grave in Belgium.
Greytree Memorial. Photo Gordon Amand.
from a Meter Box in Springfield Road
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary which occurred
in Springfield Road, Ross on Wye between 9.15am and 3.20pm
on Friday, 2nd November.
is reported that intruders entered the property and stole
a quantity of cash contained in a TV Meter Box. Police are
appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to assist
the enquiry to contact PC Neil Finch at the Volume Crime
Unit at Hereford Police Station. Telephone 08457 444888
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Jewellery and electrical items were stolen during a burglary
at a property at Weston-under-Penyard. The break-in occurred
sometime between Tuesday, 23rd October and Thursday, 1st
Police are keen to trace, identify and if genuine, eliminate
two males who were seen near the location at 4.30pm on Monday
29th October. The males are described as being in their
late teens and of slim build. One was taller than the other
and one of them wore what is described as a ‘beenie’ style
hat with something draped over his arm.
is believed these males left the area in a small yellow/orange
car, possibly a Citroen Saxo which sounded ‘suped up’. This
car had been parked outside the school and had been driven
off in the direction of Ross on Wye. Police believe this
vehicle may be local to the Ross on Wye area and ask that
anyone with knowledge of the burglary or suggestions as
to the described persons or vehicle contact PC1964 Neil
Finch at the Volume Crime Unit at Hereford Police Station
on 08457 444888. Alternatively, use the crimestoppers number
0800 555111, anonymously.
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A snow scene in Ross on 9th February 2007. Ref: DSC_3543
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