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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 220 - Wednesday, 15th October 2008
NEWS - CAMRA Silver for Ross Perry - A Tribute to Brian Perks -
Supporters - Letters]
Day Out - Goodrich Bells - Supporters - Good Citizen Awards - Country
Evening - St Joseph's go ahead]
Offices - Supporters - Snake Oil - Misty Sunrise - Lions Awareness
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funding bid - Energy - Council Tax - Take a Pew - Good Causes -
'Junkk' - AONB - Menus - Rugby - Wx]
Office campaigners march to Putson and the rest of the news from
around the region]
Mike Wins CAMRA's Silver Award for his Perry
Congratulations to Mike Johnson of Ross Cider and Perry
Company on being presented with CAMRA's Silver award for
his perry on Saturday.
was informed that he had won the award back in May, but
the actual presentation was held back until Saturday when
several members of CAMRA visited Broome Farm. The large
group sat down to some delicious ploughman's lunches, cream
teas, cider and perry, before being given a demonstration
of the cider making process by John Edwards.
Johnson being presented with his award on Saturday. Ref: DSC_7748.
members enjoy some delicious refreshments in the cider barn. Ref:
Edwards gives a demonstration of the cider making process. Ref:
group enjoy the demonstration before setting off to their next destination.
works in mysterious ways. . . Ref: DSC_7760.
forward to when it's ready. Ref: DSC_7762.
There can't be many people who grew up in Ross-on-Wye who
didn't know Brian Perks and this fact was reflected at his
funeral which took place on Friday, 10th October. There
was barely a vacant seat left in St. Mary's church where
Brian's family and friends gathered together to pay their
respects to this lovely man.
service for Brian was beautiful and his life long friend,
Phil Riches reminded everybody of Brian's great sense of
humour by relating a few stories of the times they had shared
together. I can remember Brian telling me some of those
stories over a drink before he went home.
work with Brian was an education. You soon learned how he
did and didn't like things done. The kids who worked with
him in the kitchen loved him and to those who showed aspirations
of becoming a chef he gave encouragement. He often asked
how my son Michael was getting on with his training, and
always had a friendly word for him.
often talked with Alan about the local wildlife, in which
he had a keen interest and to this end Brian's family asked
for donations to be made to the Wildlife Trust in lieu of
flowers. The Wildlife Trust will be a little richer now,
but not as rich as we are for having known Brian Perks.
bring this tribute to a close, I would like to share my
last conversation with Brian. A visiting friend of mine
commented on how much Brian's 2nd chef Christo looked like
Homer Simpson. Out came the familiar naughty giggle, accompanied
by 'You should never have said that in front of me.' When
the laughter subsided he added, as he always did, 'Well,
I'll say goodnight to you all...'
Brian. We all love and miss you. Rest in peace.
Letters: The story behind giant football
o' the morning to you. I was so pleased to see the picture
that you published a few weeks ago (I have been unable to
see the news for a couple of weeks).
since I was a child, I have heard tell of the football picture
but have never been lucky enough to see it. Our family 'legend'
tells that it was taken by my great grandfather in the 1920's.
The event was when a small town Irish football team came
to Herefordshire to play against the local teams.
family, hailing from the Emerald Isle, were apparently the
link for this sporting extravaganza. The best thing about
the family story is the detail of the picture.
is not an enormous football! it is a standard size ball
that the matches were played with. The people surrounding
the ball are the Irish leprachauns who came with the team
for good luck. Their magic must have worked as they won
every match that they played, even beating Hereford by 6
goals to nil.
am so glad to have seen the photo at last as it was hidden
away many years ago for fear of ridicule and then lost after
several house moves around the country. I hope to travel
to Ross on Wye in the near future, can you tell me where
I can see the picture?.
you for your sterling work on wyenot.com. It keeps many
'ex-pats' like me in touch with home.
photograph of a giant football has left staff at Herefordshire
Council's museum perplexed. Mr Capstick, a dealer in old
photographs, acquired the photograph and noticed it was
printed in Commercial Road, Hereford, even though it may
not have been taken in the city. Althea McKenzie, the museum's
costume and textile curator, suggests the uniforms and clothing
date the scene to around 1900-1910.
Stevens, Hereford Museum's collections officer for social
history, said, 'We would like to know whether anyone can
shed any light on this true leather working curio and whether
it was a Hereford team or a major event that needed such
a giant football to be made. We have drawn a blank in the
museum, apart from being able to give some idea of the date
of the photograph, and would be grateful for any information'.
If you are able to help, please contact David Stevens on
were these people doing with this giant football?
The Potters Bar Party
I say a big thank you for changing the Potters Bar date
- I know that some might give you some stick for the late
wasn't able to come originally but November seems good.
As someone who had his first purchased drink in the Potters,
then first legal drink and also worked there in the mid-seventies
it is about time I showed my face - looking forward to it!
are finding the November date better, (though a few people,
who did not see that particular week's news on time, did
unfortunately turn up on 4th October. Hopefully not from
too far away). As it turned out, last week being as it was,
it is a good job we did change the date to 22nd November.
I mentioned briefly last week, 'The Two Alans' - Alan Weston
and I will be together in the Potters Bar this November
for the first time since the well remembered 'Last Night'
back in 1984. Andy Ward will also be coming along - possibly
John Gardiner as well. If anybody knows the whereabouts
of Pete Clarke, please let him know about the date. It would
be good to get as many of the original bar staff together
as possible, including the Australian contingent, if they
happen to be around.
for one am looking forward to us all being together again,
along with many of the original regulars of the time, in
the changed but still original venue, with the original
records, including original scratches.
Potters Bar was not only the best venue in Ross, it was
the best for miles around and many relationships were formed.
John Kyrle High School should be grateful for its past existence.
Babies were born as a result of a night at the 'Potters'!
'The Last Night of the Potters Bar' 1984
staff and ex bar staff. Tom, Glynis, Christine, Bryony, Julia, Gill,
the Two Alans.
Weston and Alan Wood on the 'Last Night' in 1984.
and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White
Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated
right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion
is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and
is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion
has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people
and tourists alike.
White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right
down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy
views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local
otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.
served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant
Good Beer Guide 2008
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