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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 179 - Wednesday, 2nd January 2008
done to Tim, this year's Fun Run winner
11am on New Year's Day, several hopefuls gathered at Hole
in the Wall for the start of the annual fun run. Many of
the competitors dressed in some great costumes, which added
to the fun. As well as some very fast runners, lots of people
decided to take a more leisurely approach and walk the course
down to Ross Rowing Club.
across the line was Tim Bunting, who was dressed in a very
fetching maid's outfit, with pigtails to match. This is
not the first time that Tim has won the race. Tim is a regular
participant in the fun run, as is young Vanessa Brann who
was hot on his heels as she took second place. Well done
to both of you and all who took part. You can see the start
and finish of the race in this week's edition of WNTV
up for the start of the race. Ref: DSC_4457
they're off! Ref: DSC_4460
the pigtails, Tim romps home, hotly pursued by Vanessa, 2nd and
Jacob, who came third. Ref: DSC_4462
Council is negotiating the future of the Ross Creative Learning
Centre, following news that the charitable trust responsible
for the development of the centre is to wind down. The Ross
Creative Learning Centre Trust was set up six years ago
to drive forward a project involving the redevelopment of
the Youth Centre.
aim was to update the building and transform it into a Creative
Learning Centre, where young people could take part in a
range of arts, ICT, drama and other activities. Due to its
voluntary status, the trust was able to attract funding
from a wide variety of sources to pay for the refurbishment
of the centre which cost more than £200,000. Included in
the refurbishment project was a music rehearsal and recording
suite and a computer suite. Improvements were made to the
toilets and storage facilities and the building was made
fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Unfortunately the trust has been unable to recruit trustees
from the community to replace those trustees who have retired.
Recruitment problems, together with the lack of response
locally to a wide and varied programme provided in the summer,
has resulted in the remaining trustees regrettably deciding
to wind up the trust in the new year. The council will continue
to run the centre with the Youth Service and Basement Youth
Trust, continuing to provide joint activities on a regular
basis. However, without a partner who can apply for funding,
some of the additional programmes and activities hoped for
may have to be reduced.
Council is currently discussing the possibility of the Courtyard
Theatre Hereford taking over some of the artistic elements
of the centre's programme such as break-dancing and circus
skills. Councillor Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children
and young people, said: 'We are very disappointed that the
Learning Centre Trust has not been able to recruit enough
trustees to keep going, but we are determined to make the
centre a success and are holding promising discussions with
other organizations who can help us develop activities further
at the Y-Zone. The YZone will continue to run as usual so
that the young people in Ross can carry on enjoying the
services they receive at the moment. We hope in the not
too distant future, to be able to provide a wider range
of activities for a broader age group.'
seems to me that it was working just fine as a Youth Centre
before the £200,000 investment. If it ain't broke
- don't fix it.
RFC Hold Huge Raffle in aid of County Air Ambulance
Rugby Club recently held their annual raffle and, as ever,
there was a huge array of prizes that had been kindly donated.
All of the proceeds from the raffle went to the County Air
Ambulance, which has proved to be a vital service since
its operation began. They have even had to visit the rugby
field on occasions, so all in all the Air Ambulance was
deemed the most appropriate charity to benefit from the
President Dave Cook with club sponsors and Martyn Pocknell with
the prizes. Ref: DSC_3514
cheque for £259 was presented to the County Air Ambulance.
The Boxing Day President's Game
By Sarah Webb
RFC under 28's v Ross RFC over 28's
triumphed over experience as Ross under 28's beat the over
28's in a Boxing Day tussle for Ross-on-Wye Rugby Club.
This hard fought game saw both teams fighting for the Chris
Greene Cup, but the stamina of the youngsters proved the
winning factor as they scored three tries with no reply
from the old men.
an even start, the under 28's took the lead through a breakaway
try from centre Adam Clements, which was arguably scored
off a forward pass. This was quickly converted by Andrew
Bevan to take the score to 7-0. Friendly scuffles between
players on both teams took place as the old men started
to tire, leading to the youngster's second try, scored by
flanker Gavin Oates. But, the conversion was missed leaving
the score at 12-0. With plenty of time left to play the
over 28's still felt they had a chance to win and put in
a good fight with a number of chances in the oppositions
half and a notable match performance from Mick Pollock.
But the over 28's spirits were soon dropped when Adam Clements
scored his second try of the game and put the final score
at 17-0 to the under 28's after a fun and controversial
spokesman for the grumpy old men said, 'There were some
decisions made by the referee that were arguably biased
towards the youngsters. Us 'fine wines' were by the far
the better team. We think the referee may have been bribed.'
Unfortunately referee Chris Ball was unavailable for comment
after the game to confirm or deny these statements.
However, the over 28's did teach the youngsters a lesson
in the drinking contest after the game, easily beating them
in the drinking race. Both teams will have to practise for
next year's game-with the old men improving their fitness
and the youngsters improving their drinking skills.
President's Game is also covered in this week's WNTV
two teams pose for a photo before the game. Ref: DSC_3704
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