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Issue No. 20 [Back Issues]
23rd November 2004

What Ross-on-Wye Lions Club do for the Community
All Lions Clubs are part of an International organisation with a worldwide membership of around 1.4 million members, in more than 175 countries and geographical locations. The Ross Club, with a membership of 24, is only one of 900 clubs in Britain and Ireland with a total membership of around 21,000. This make the Lions Clubs Internationally the largest service clubs organisation in the world.

Locally, this year, the Club have provided either funds or equipment to many groups and individuals, such as the Ross Community Hospital (1,700 for equipment), Charles Renton Cancer Unit (1,000 to refurnish the waiting room), Ross Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (3,000 for an exercise machine), a bench for the Round Table project, The Creative Learning Centre, Ashfield Park Primary School Pond Project, the John Kyrle High School Mural Project and Art Department to name a few. Grants have been made to individuals who needed equipment to improve their quality of life. These included a Cerebral Palsy sufferer who had a lift installed in his home at a cost of 1,700, a wheelchair and soft play equipment for a child with Cerebral Diplegia, a grant to assist a young member of the Ross Drum Majorettes to take part in a world competition, again to name just a few.

The Lions International Peace Poster Competition is now a part of the John Kyrle High School Curriculum, the lonely elderly of the District are treated to Christmas Lunch at the Ryefield Centre, food vouchers are distributed to the needy at Christmas and Santa's Grotto is held at the Pengethley Garden Centre.

The Lions work hard throughout the year raising funds to help those in need, the handicapped, elderly and the young. Annually they put on the towns Bonfire and Fireworks Display, their Fun Day, now part of the Ross Carnival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup Eve Race Night, along with many other events, to raise money for deserving causes.

One hundred percent of the money raised is used for charitable purposes, of which the majority is spent locally. All administration costs are born by the Lions members themselves.

Internationally the Ross Club help Third World Countries and through the Lions International Foundation help out in worldwide emergencies, such as earthquakes, floods, famine and war. Several thousand pairs of used spectacles have been collected and despatched to the Third World.

Topical Photography This Week

Above: The pupils of Ashfield school dress colourfully for Children in Need. In the picture are two pupils from each year between teacher, Mark Walters (left) and Headmaster, John Williams (right). I also took photographs of other events at Ashfield School for the Ross Gazette this week as well - The visit from the Hereford Toy Museum and the Divali food tasting. I have not included them here for reasons of internet child safety.

Below: A motley crew consisting of Bob and Tim from Bob's Full House, Paul and Steve from The Zebras, Lyndon and Tina perform the Stones number, Honky Tonk Women at a packed Hope & Anchor on Friday, 19th November. A better collection of musicians could not have been dreamed up, other than at a spur of the moment session such as this! It was Tina's birthday a few days prior to this event and Ben, landlord of the Hope had kindly invited us for a birthday meal. Thanks Ben and our compliments to the chef, Will - the food was fantastic!

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Word of the Week by Alan (Lexicographer) Wood

I received a rather ignorantly worded email yesterday, 21st November. It contained neither salutation nor signature and was written entirely in lower case letters - I quote here in full.

'what is the meaning of the word yat?'

This prompted me to become lexicographer ('a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge,' according to Samuel Johnson) and start compiling the ' Dictionary'. I will try to accomplish this task over the rest of my lifetime, publishing a new word definition every so often in this news magazine. So here goes, I will begin with the word 'Yat'.

Yat (n.)
1. The left or right testicle of the Herefordshire, long eared mountain goat - regarded as a local delicacy but also served in exclusive restaurants throughout the galaxy.
2. (archaic dialect.) A gate. 'Symonds Yat' is a fine example of this usage.
Yats (pl. n. taboo slang)
1. An exclamation of annoyance, disbelief.
2. An exclamation of amazement. Example usage. 'Look at the yats on that Herefordshire, long eared mountain goat!'

If you have a word which you would like defined by or added to the Dictionary, you are welcome to send it in for consideration here.

Football - Herefordshire Senior Cup - Quarter Final
Ross Town 3 - Presteigne St. Andrews 4

Slack marking from set pieces cost Ross Town a place in the semi-final of the Herefordshire senior Cup. Dominating the play for long periods and playing good football, Town were defeated by a sucker punch in the last minute.

Although Presteige dominated for the first five minutes Town held firm and began taking control. On fourteen minutes, following a fine run down the right, Simon Gwilliam's hard cross shot was only parried out by keeper Smith; Jamie Warwick gained possession and played the ball back to David Skipp who slotted home from ten yards.

Two minutes later Presteigne had equalised. Ben Chambers was allowed to attack down the right, and player/manager Robbie Gore headed in. The vastly experienced Gore was the visitors' playmaker, and all their moves were coming through him; the only other threat to Town was striker Willie Lindsey.

Although this was yet another Ross team formation the new defensive line-up of Andy Green, Tom Phillips and Glenn Capewell were playing good controlled football, with most moves starting from the back; and Stuart Parker was lying deep spreading passes around the park.

The second half began with Town again in full flow, and after five minutes a superb long ball from Parker deep on the left to Warwick on the right wing split the visitors'


defence; Warwick's hard low cross was missed by Dewi Stuart, but Skipp was on hand to rifle in for number two.

Then, on 57 minutes, the defensive frailty from set pieces rocked Town. A Gore corner from the left met the unmarked Danny Williams who headed in his side's second.

With Town pushing for a third, but with four good chances going begging, it was Presteigne who netted again. Willie Lindsey broke clear and struck a wonderful drive from some distance that even Richard Newman was unable to reach. 2-3 after seventy minutes.

Town kept plugging away and it looked as though we were in for extra time as, on 88 minutes, Stuart Parker cut in from the left and struck a thunderous shot just inside Smith's left hand post.

But in the last minute, another Gore corner, another defensive lapse, another goal for the visitors, headed in by Shaun Price.

This was hard luck on Town who had played well and controlled much of the game, the result of which turned on the inability to defend corners.

Geoff Jones

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