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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 186 - Wednesday, 20th February 2008
M' provided this week's Saturday night entertainment at
of Wales. Tina and I were out at another event
- Jeff's party at the White Lion on Saturday, however we
did pop into the Prince later in the evening just to film
one song, 'Flip Flop Fly,' for WNTV
News before heading off home after a long day.
The track can be seen in full at the finish of this week's
coming Saturday, 'Fig', a three piece rock covers band will
be providing the Prince of Wales musical entertainment.
We have not seen Fig perform as yet but understand that
the bass player is from 'Dad Rock'. All being well we shall
be there to film part of the performance.
Morse at the Prince on Saturday night. Ref: DSC_4217
Art Auction for the League of Friends
special fund raising art auction and wine reception was
held at Ross Heritage Centre on Sunday, to raise money for
the Ross Community Hospital League of Friends fund. The
League of Friends provide Ross Hospital with medical equipment
and many other things that make a stay in hospital more
auction was preceded by a brilliant exhibition called Health
Care in the Community which displayed many interesting facts
about local health care from the 14th century to the present
day, along with a very impressive display of old medical
equipment. The exhibition runs until the end of this month.
auction itself was very well attended and most of the artwork
was sold, helping to boost the Friends' coffers. In the
photograph below are, left to right: Wendy Ing, Chair of
the League of Friends, with Cicely Symonds, Jill Ursell,
Mayoress, Mrs. Meryl Bedford, Ross Town Mayor, Councillor
Derek Bedford, Heritage Centre Manager, Mary Sinclair-Powell,
Nigel Morris, auctioneer, Heather Jackson, local historian
Heather Hurley, Husband John who provided the wine and Kathryn
Roberts one of the organizers of the art auction.
ready for the auction to begin. Ref: DSC_4220
Morris of Morris Bricknell conducts the sale. Ref: DSC_4226
Gifts for Mother's Day
Heritage Centre was packed out with children on Friday,
as they attended the second activity session laid on for
them there during the half term holiday. This time they
were busy making gifts and cards for Mothers' Day which
this year falls on Sunday, 2nd March. (Dads, please take
sure that lots of mothers are in for some lovely surprises
look now mums or you may get a preview of your present. Ref: DSC_4190
Year 6 students from local primary schools were invited
to take part in a language workshop at John Kyrle High School
with the aim of enhancing their enthusiasm for foreign languages.
Tumelty, Languages' Manager at John Kyrle, which was designated
'outstanding' in a recent Ofsted
inspection, was delighted to see pupils from Brampton
Abbots, the Lea, Gorsley Goffs and Bridstow primary schools
attend the event.
morning started with a French breakfast. The pupils had
to 'earn' their croissants and hot chocolate by asking for
their food in French. The children's fluency and confidence
is testimony to how hard primary teachers have been working
towards implementing the Modern Foreign Languages entitlement
which will become statutory in September 2009.
Following on from breakfast, the students were given a range
of thinking skills activities. These tasks were designed
to make sure that the children had fun whilst learning new
words. The students made very quick progress because they
found these tasks enjoyable.
though none of the youngsters had learnt any Spanish before
they arrived at John Kyrle, after a half hour session they
were able to recognize and name colours in the language.
The final section of the workshop gave the opportunity to
the students to use state of the art technology in the school's
new Language Laboratory with a range of interactive tasks
and learning games.
students all returned to their primary schools with a certificate
of attendance and plenty to tell their friends about learning
languages at high school.
Pritchard from Brampton Abbots Primary school said, 'I loved
the computers which had language games on. It was great!
I loved learning the Spanish colours.' Joshua Street, also
from Brampton Abbots added, 'I really liked the Spanish
suduko. It was good teamwork. I can still remember the colours
6 students enjoy a lesson in the Language Lab at John Kyrle. Ref:
Cameron Launches Jesse's New Book on Food Co-ops
new book on food co-ops which is the brainchild of local
parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has been launched this
week by David Cameron.
Conservative leader used his speech to the annual convention
of the National Farmers' Union to launch Nuts and Bolts,
a guidebook to how to set up a food co-op which has been
conceived and edited by Jesse.
on the book, Jesse said, 'Food co-ops are a great way to
reconnect people and food. At present in the UK we have
failing high streets, low prices to the farmer, increased
car usage to malls and out-of-town supermarkets, lower food
security, and a widespread ignorance of what food is and
where it comes from.
food co-ops, by contrast, bypass the supermarkets. They
support local growers and provide good affordable food.
They protect the environment. And they build local communities.
We should be vigorously promoting food co-ops, both here
in Herefordshire and elsewhere in the country.'
with David Cameron at the NFU conference on Monday.
Movement Unveils Policy Proposals for Co-ops
Conservative Co-operative Movement, set up to explore creative
ways in which communities can deliver public services, will
today call on the Conservatives and other political parties
to take new steps to boost volunteer participation in co-ops.
greater relief from business rates for struggling rural
shops that turn into co-ops and use people power to grow
-- allowing the tax-deductibility of small donations to
-- and most radically, Participation Tax Relief, by which
start-up co-ops could earn better tax treatment by recruiting
new members and putting them to work.
The Conservative Co-operative Movement is headed by one
of the Conservative party's leading thinkers, Jesse Norman.
Norman is Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and the Conservative
candidate in Hereford and South Herefordshire. He has written
several books that discuss the philosophy and possible policies
of a future Tory government under the banner of 'Compassionate
Norman, Chair of The Conservative Co-operative Movement,
said, 'We are working on new ways to empower communities
and create greater citizen energy.
day we see the limits of the State's power to deliver better
public services. Co-ops are a British invention, and we
believe they have the capacity to promote better standards
in schools and hospitals. Not only that, they can also help
develop more responsible citizens, who act in ways that
demand the best of them and others.
ideas we are announcing today spring naturally from Compassionate
Conservatism, because they build independent institutions
and encourage and reward social responsibility.'
November last year, Conservative party leader David Cameron
said the Conservative Co-operative Movement would be '…
a resource for Conservative activists and local community
groups of all kinds, wanting to set up their own co-ops
to take over the management of local public services. It
will campaign for the principles of local, democratic, voluntary,
public ownership of public services and public facilities.'
also said Tory school reforms would create 'a new generation
of co-operative schools in our country,' in the same way
as Sweden, which has more than 100, and Spain, which has
more than 600 and added, 'So I want to explore how we can
create a new generation of co-operative schools in Britain,
funded by the taxpayer, but owned by parents and the local
schools are expected to be among the next areas of research
for the Conservative Co-operative Movement.
Gloucester Division 1 - Ross 7, Southmead 20
a poor performance the previous week at Bream, Ross looked
to return to winning ways. However they had the daunting
challenge of facing title favourites Southmead. After a
bright start and buckets full of endeavour and hard work
they eventually fell just short of a powerful and organized
Southmead outfit. After
any poor performance, you always look to start strongly
the next time you enter the arena and Ross delivered on
the off, both forwards and backs looked lively and aggressive
and within 5 minutes they had opened their account. From
a strong scrum on their ten metre line, scrum half Simon
Gwynne moved the ball right to ten Andy Hunt. Some quick
hands from Huw Bellamy and Chay Brine in midfield gave Winger
TC an early opportunity against his opposite number. He
brushed aside his Winger before offloading to Dave Mince
who fed his prop Tara Barnett. A great offload out of contact
found No 8 Tim Hanks, who outpaced the defence, coasting
the last 25 metres to score under the posts. Chris Gage
converted. Ross had dominated possession and were 7-0 ahead.
An upset was on the cards.
teams have a knack of responding and within 5 minutes Southmead
had hit back. From a scrum 30 yards out, their nine broke
right and chipped a kick for his Winger to chase. A cruel
bounce saw the ball roll over the try line for the Southmead
Winger to pounce and score. Southmead were back in the game.
however were unbowed, looking strong at scrum and dangerous
whenever they moved the ball out wide. However a canny Southmead
outfit were able to slow the game down to their pace. This
resulted in a fitful set piece encounter and it was from
these set pieces that Southmead were able to secure the
victory. On two occasions they secured their own lineout
throw in the Ross twenty two and on both occasions were
able to initially secure possession. They then set up a
driving maul that the Ross forwards were unable to legally
counter. It was these scores either side of half time that
decided this encounter. Ross were the more dangerous outfit
when they increased the tempo of the game, however they
just couldn't deliver enough quality ball and this resulted
in them chasing the game for the last half hour. On another
day and with an element of luck, passes would have stuck
and the result could have been different. However, Southmead
were able to close the game out.
was a vastly improved performance on the previous week and
bodes well for another home encounter against Brockworth
on Saturday, 23rd ,February. Kick off is at 2:30pm.
The Techni Plumb man off the match was TC Leech who beat
his man every time he got the ball.
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, 11th February 2008
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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