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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 173 - Wednesday, 14th November 2007
children enjoy the fruit (and veg) of their labours
from Bridstow Primary School Garden Club had great fun growing,
harvesting and eating their produce grown in the school
garden, especially the fresh carrots. Some of the vegetables
were taken to the harvest service held at Bridstow Church.
is the first year the garden club have grown vegetables
in their new school garden, which was made possible with
help from many local companies including Gambers and Walford
school plan to increase the garden area, making two more
from this years harvest was sold to the staff and parents
at the school. This money will be used in the spring to
purchase seeds etc., so hopefully making the garden club
school also has a wonderful wildlife area which has been
supported by Ross Feeds and The Garden Store. The garden
club are now busy planting up the containers at the school
for winter colour and planting up baskets ready to sell
on their stall at the schools Christmas fair on 30th November.
from Whitchurch Primary School
were no sparks from fireworks on Monday 5th November but
plenty of sparks from skipping ropes as children from Whitchurch
School held a sponsored skip. Money was raised for the British
Heart Foundation and school funds. A grand total of £650
in the term the school celebrated Harvest in St. Dubricius
Church, where a collection of £131.00 was added to money
raised earlier in the year for their link school St Mulumba
School choir is in great demand for functions over the Christmas
period and have now been invited to sing at the forthcoming
opening of the new Children's Centre in Ross-on-Wye.
are well under way for Christmas and the school would like
to welcome you to 'Carols around the Christmas Tree' and
Christmas Fete at 5:30 pm on on Friday, 14th December.
. . .
Skipping for the British Heart Foundation and school funds.
unique building below is undoubtedly the star of Whitchurch
School's regeneration project for the school grounds. It
was designed and built by local company 'The Garden Escape'
and is made of cedar wood around a curved steel frame provided
by A. J Lowther. It is topped off with a stunning "living
roof" of sedum grass edged with a copper band.
shelter provides an exceptional outdoor learning environment,
and a quiet area for chess or reading, whilst also providing
a focal point for parents.
School would like to thank 'The Garden Escape', Andrew Nixon
( ANOB) and Linda Sinker (TP advisor) who have provided
substantial funding for the project. For a prospectus or
to arrange a visit please ring 01600 890751.
The new 'eco shelter' at Whitchurch Primary.
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.
Sports Champion helps local girls get active
from five of the county's secondary schools were put through
their paces this week at a special day with Britain's number
one downhill mountain biker, Tracy Moseley at a PGL Outdoor
Activity Centre, Ross on Wye. The aim was to encourage 14
and 15 year old girls who don't currently get involved in
any kind of sport to have a go at some alternative activities
and develop a plan to get girls active in their own schools.
spite of many initiatives aimed at encouraging healthy,
active lifestyles, there is a 25 per cent dip in the number
of girls participating in physical education and school
sport when they reach the age of 14. To try and change this
and encourage more girls to get involved in physical education
and sport, Dame Kelly Holmes is piloting a Girls Active
programme on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust and Norwich
Union. Herefordshire has been unable to join this national
programme because the county's average participation rates
are too high, in spite of the dip with 14 year old girls.
a result Colleen Mullarkey, representing the Whitecross
Schools Sports Partnership decided to adapt the national
programme to suit local circumstances. Girls from St Mary's
RC High School, John Masefield High School, Aylestone High
School, Kingstone High School and Whitecross Sports College
signed up to attend a Girls Active day at PGL, Court Farm.
Each school was invited to nominate eight girls; a mixture
of those who were already actively involved in sports and
those who weren't.
day was supported by the Youth Sport Trust, Sporting Champions
and the Big Lottery, with HALO Leisure, PGL and Dance Fest
providing a range of activities which included body balance,
combat, abseiling, zip wire and dance.
Tracy spent time with all the girls, helping them handle
their fears and encouraging them to have a go at trying
some of the more challenging activities. While the girls
were getting active, the teachers who attended with them
were briefed on how the girls could use the day to bring
about changes in their own school.
Mullarkey, Partnership Development Manager of Whitecross
school sports partnership, said, 'It was a great day and
the girls were absolutely fantastic. It was really difficult
for many of them to participate at first - they felt self-conscious
and lacked the confidence to have a go. But with help from
Tracy and the rest of the team, they participated in all
the activities. The girls will now become Girls Active champions
for their schools. They have to work with their friends
to find out why they don't participate in activities at
the moment so that the school can try to change this. For
example, traditional sports don't suit everyone and schools
might want to consider offering alternative activities to
action plans put together by the girls will be monitored
by their schools and the Whitecross Schools Sport Partnership
to see if the scheme has been successful.
Moseley (far right) with the Girls Active champions.
Shop Mobility to visit residential homes
Shopmobility is planning a number of visits to local residential
homes to explain the services on offer and to demonstrate
the motor scooters available. Residents will have the opportunity
to meet members of the Shopmobility team, ask questions
about the service and try out some of the scooters and for
well as daily short term loans, it may be possible to deliver
vehicles for longer loan periods to anyone who may not be
able to access the Shopmobility premises.
is located in the Scout and Guide Headquarters, in Red Meadow
car park, along side the Ross swimming pool and operates
Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am until 4.00pm.
the local charity that manages Ross Shopmobility, hopes
that these visits will extend the opportunities and benefits
provided by the scheme to more groups in the local area.
Shopmobility can be contacted by telephone on 01989 763388
or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Victoria or
Ivan will pleased to answer your call.
Shopmobility can be found at the scout hut, near the swimming pool.
Division 1 Rugby - Ross 31, Bishopston 13
After taking the first half to find their feet, Ross upped
the tempo in the second half and left Bishopston in their
wake as they cruised to a 31-13 victory in the Gloucester
Division 1 fixture.
teams had lost the previous week and it showed, as both
Ross and Bishopston were very tentative in the early exchanges.
There were too many errors and neither team were able to
establish a platform. However, after fifteen minutes it
was Bishopston who came to life. They secured quality lineout
ball 35 metres out and moved the ball quickly left. Their
No 13 got over the gainline before offloading to the fullback.
A try saving tackle by Chay Brine saved a certain try, but
quick recycled ball saw the prop crash over. This was converted
to put Bishopston 7-0 up.
responded almost immediately. Good work from Ashley Nelms
and Matt Jones set up quick ball. Chay Brine fed Adam Clements.
He offloaded back to Chay, whose inside pass with the try
line begging, fell just short of Huw Bellamy. However, this
ushered in a period of territory and possession for Ross
and as the front row began to dominate the scrums, Ross
opened their account.
dominant scrum 10 yards out was secured. Captain, Tim Hanks
broke off the back, popping the ball to scrum half Simon
Gwynne. He drew the opposition 10 before popping the ball
to Chay Brine who coasted over to score under the posts.
Chris Gage converted to put Ross level 7-7.
continued to dominate the forward exchanges and after some
strong work from Dave Mince and Matt Redman, fellow prop
Wayne Williams crashed through the defence to score. Chris
Gage again converted giving Ross a 14-7 lead. With half-time
approaching, indiscipline in the Ross ranks gave Bishopston
an easy penalty to leave the half time score at 14-10.
second half saw Ross continue to dominate the proceedings
and from another dominant scrum, Ross increased their lead.
Once again Ross attacked the blind side from a scrum. Tim
Hanks fed Simon Gwynne who put Chris Gage through a gap.
He drew his defender and popped the ball to Wayne Bishop.
Wayne moved the ball back inside to Simon Gwynne, who raced
the final 25 yards to score, putting Ross 19-10 up.
again, Ross indiscipline led to a Bishopston penalty and
with 20 minutes remaining the score was 19-13. However,
once again the Ross pack increased the tempo and Bishopston
were not able to respond. Two further tries from Chay Brine
and Gavin Oates sealed an excellent 31-13 victory.
Seven Seas Fish Bar Ross man of the match was Dave Mince.
take a break from league action next week, but are at home
against Tewkesbury on Saturday 24th November. Kick off is
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, 5th November 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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