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Every year, Ross-on-Wye Lions extend an invitation to the elderly citizens of Ross to attend a Christmas Day lunch at the Ryefield Centre. This year more people than previously took up the Lions' kind invitation and enjoyed a delicious lunch in good company.

Members of the New Life Church entertained the guests with carols before lunch was served, whilst Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane chatted with them and afterwards, each person was given a present by Santa. For those who could not get to the Ryefield Centre Christmas Day lunch was delivered to them.

This lovely annual event is organized and provided by Ross Lions Club, but would not be possible without the WRVS and many volunteers who happily take time out from their own Christmas celebrations to cook, serve food and drink, drive people to the centre and ensure that the guests enjoy their day.

It is wonderful that the Ross Lions and their friends put so much effort into making Christmas Day a special day for those who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.

The guests are treated to some carols before lunch, courtesy of members of the New Life Church.

Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane spends time chatting to the guests.

The Lions guests await their delicious Christmas Day lunch.

29th December 2010 CHRISTMAS FUN AT THE WHITE LIONY.....

The Christmas Draw at the White Lion Inn, Wilton is always a great event and this year was no exception. There were many prizes to be won on Christmas Eve, including White Lion gift vouchers, a Wye Valley gift set, wine, chocolates and novelty items but the best part about the draw is that £100 was raised for Ross Macmillan Cancer Support. Landlords, Dave and Jacqui could like to thank all the regulars who bought tickets for their generosity.

On Boxing Night, the White Lion was the setting for a Bingo Night and Play Your Cards Right. One or two of the young men who took part got a little confused over when to shout 'House' but eventually one of the group actually did win one of the games.

After the bingo it was time to 'Play Your Cards Right' and everybody eagerly awaited the arrival of the 'Dolly Dealer'. Who was this fetching blonde who came staggering up the steps? (Due to high heels of course. I can't think of any other reason) It was none other than . . . Dave, who shuffled and dealt the cards for the contenders to predict whether the next card would be higher or lower than the previous one.

There was no Boxing Night boredom at the White Lion. Everybody agreed that they had a really fun evening.

29th December 2010 BOXING DAY ROAD RUN...............................

Colin Davies of Colins Tyrecare and fellow classic vehicle owners held their second Vintage Vehicle Road Run of the year on Bank Holiday Monday. Starting from the Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow, a great convoy of classic vehicles were driven through the Herefordshire countryside, returning to the inn at the end of the run.

The event was organized to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance (charity no. 1001064), which also benefited from the club's first run which took place on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Well done to all who took part.

The convoy of vintage vehicles making their way back to Peterstow via Wilton Bridge.


Every year Ross Lions Club provide a Christmas Dinner for the elderly people of Ross-on-Wye and were delighted when the Phoenix Singers donated £82 raised at their annual Christmas Concert towards the cost of the event. Ross-on-Wye Lions are very grateful to the Phoenix Singers for their very generous donation and wish them well in the future.

As always, The Phoenix Theatre Singers Christmas Concert was a sell out event. The show contained a mix of songs from the musicals, solos and readings. After the interval the audience, having enjoyed complimentary mince pies, were then treated to a wide variety of seasonal numbers.

The Phoenix Singers have around forty members but could do with a few more male voices to join them. Musical Director, Mary Brigg would love to hear from any gentlemen who would like to become part of the group. In addition to staging two shows a year at The Phoenix Theatre the Singers undertake a number of charity events. Before the Christmas Concert they had raised in excess of £2,000 this year.

If you would like to join the Phoenix Singers, please contact Mary on 01989 564352.

The Phoenix Singers.


Fire-fighters and staff from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) were honoured at an Awards Ceremony held at the Town Hall in Hereford recently. The high profile event was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, the High Sheriff for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Mayor of Hereford, the Chairmen of the Fire Authority and Herefordshire Council.

During the evening, Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates and Brigadier, Councillor Peter Jones, chairman of the Fire Authority, also presented Jacqueline O'Mahony, HMO and Enforcement Officer with Private Sector Housing at Herefordshire Council, with the Chief Officer's Letter of Appreciation for her outstanding work with the service and other organizations in relation to protecting the most vulnerable members of Herefordshire communities from fire.

Jacqueline's work includes providing advice to fire safety officers on housing issues, providing support to the Herefordshire Signposting Scheme, developing effective working protocols for the enforcement of fire safety legislation, leading multi-agency inspections of the most high risk housing and working with the Fire Service to prosecute individuals and organization when all other options of ensuring compliance are exhausted.

Specific mention was made of her work on bringing the first successful joint prosecution under the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with the Fire Service.

This is the first award given by the H&WFRS to a council officer.

Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates, Jacqueline O'Mahony, HMO and Enforcement Officer for Herefordshire Council and Councillor Brigadier Peter Jones CBE, Chairman of the Fire Authority.
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