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To Quash the Current Rife Rumours . . .
of the Hope & Anchor will be pleased to know that
the pub is open for business as usual and with the usual
The Bridstow Crossing
Parish Councillors are delighted at news that the Highways
Agency is to review the A49 outside Bridstow School as
a matter of Urgency. Parish
Councillors have been campaigning for action to be taken
for years to increase the safety of children crossing
the road to get to Bridstow School. Points of concern
are the speed of traffic and poor visibility for pedestrians
trying to cross as well as vehicles which undertake through
the bus stop. The councillors have also heard from many
parents who live close to the site but choose to drive
their children to school as they see it as the safer alternative.
speed limit on the approach to Wilton roundabout is legally
sixty miles per hour and although it is used as a route
to school, it does not qualify for the guidelines set
out by the government initiative, 'Safer Routes to School'.
If it did, the limit could be lowered to twenty miles
per hour, as it is near to other schools.
Parish Council is pleased with the continuing publicity
and that the MP and representatives of so many agencies
visited to see the problems for themselves.
below are Councillor Jenny Hyde, Shirley Preece, Joan
Robertshaw - School Governor, Simon Brewer, Margaret Lewis,
Henry and Paul Stevens by the crossing on Saturday Morning.
Keep up with the Joneses and Join the Club at Sue Ryder Care
may be predicting that the housing market is cooling but
sales of a particular kind of desirable residence are
still red hot in Broad Street, Ross.
Ryder Care, the leading healthcare charity, has become
the largest importer of dolls houses in the UK, selling
more than 6,000 a year.
charity retailer is also struggling to keep up with demand
at its shops across the UK for furniture, lighting and
'people' for their range of six houses, which help to
add that individual touch. Many items, including fine
china, grandfather clocks - even Hilda Ogden style flying
ducks sell out before they reach the shelves.
. . .
Holdsworth, Assist Manager Sue Ryder Ross, Betty Knowles, Volunteer,
Sandrea Richardson, Manager in the Ross-on-Wye shop with
Councillor, Joyce Thomas OBE during the Saturday Launch of the
Hickleton Collectors' Club. DSC_0295
for the dolls houses has grown so much, that on Saturday
24th September the charity launched the Hickleton Collectors
Club to reward loyal customers.
signing up to the club, which costs £4.99 a year,
people will receive a quarterly members newsletter, special
discounts, a first peek at goods not available in store,
advance notice of new products and the ability to beat
the queues at the tills by pre-ordering. There will also
be the chance to meet fellow dolls house collectors as
local groups will be encouraged to meet, stage events
and swap tips.
houses first became popular in the 16th century and were
often exclusive copies of wealthy family homes and were
not built for play. It was in the late 1800s that dolls
houses became a popular addition to Victorian nurseries.
One of the most famous dolls houses is that of Queen Mary,
built in the 1920s. It contained real champagne by Veuve
Clicqout, clocks by Cartier and cars from Rolls Royce
and Daimler. More than 1,500 architects, craftsmen and
artists were involved in the project.
dolls houses are often seen as toys, they are in fact
very popular with older collectors. Indeed, many of the
items on sale at Sue Ryder Care shops are intended for
children aged fourteen and above only, owing to their
intricate nature. Most dolls houses are built on a one
to twelve ratio.
Hickleton Collectors Club takes its name from Hickleton
Hall in Doncaster, a Sue Ryder Care Centre for people
living with severe neurological conditions. A full list
of Hickleton Centres is available on request.
Ryder Care is a leading provider of palliative care, neurological
care and homecare. Last year Sue Ryder Care cared for
4,222 residents in seventeen care centres, welcomed 9,200
patients to day care centres and made 418,000 home visits.
JKHS Welcome Trainee Teachers
Kyrle welcomed four trainee teachers from the Marches
Consortium Training Agency this week as part of its School
Centred Initial Teacher Training programme and will take
in a further two trainees from the University College
of Worcester next week.
a Lead Training School, John Kyrle has helped to develop
twenty two successful graduates, demonstrating excellence
in training across all areas and a commitment to the belief
that schools provide the best environment to nurture and
develop teaching professionals of the future.
Nigel Griffiths said, "We are pleased to announce that
following an Ofsted review of its training provision,
John Kyrle will become a Post Graduate Centre of Excellence
for Initial Teacher Training and Professional Development.
One of its key areas will be specializing in sixth form
placements and supporting other schools in this area.
The school will also continue to promote professional
and personal development for all staff in order to maintain
and enhance excellence across the whole school. Mr Griffiths
praised the work of Training Manager, Diane Docherty,
and Deputy Head, Brent Vinall, for their outstanding work
in gaining this new status.
Griffiths' belief is that high performing schools such
as John Kyrle have a responsibility to help provide teachers
for the future. He said that John Kyrle also develops
internally from its links with the Marches Consortium
and Worcester University School of Education. "High quality,
cutting edge learning and teaching is at the heart of
our success and we are always keen to share with and learn
from others." The school has employed former trainees
as teachers once they qualify. Currently, teachers in
the Maths, English and science faculties impressed during
their training and have been recruited in this way.
Kyrle is also involved in the Fast Track Programme where
excellent young teachers are given opportunities in whole
school issues in order to develop their leadership skills
for the future.
Nigel Griffiths - Head Teacher, Dr. Catherine Hartog, Mr Brent
Vinall - Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Diane Docherty - Training Manager,
Mr Marhn Gwaranda, Mr Mike Williams and Mr Andrew McDonalad DSC_0198
Abacus Welcomes its 1000th Child
a successful holiday club with the theme 'Famous Stories',
Abacus 2000 has started the autumn term by welcoming Maddison
Cooke as the 1000th child to join the nursery since it
was established in September 1990 by Amanda Gething-Lewis.
nursery has expanded and now provides wraparound care,
including the popular 'Fabacus' after school club. The
present owners, Kathie Jones, Amanda Colwell and Sue Davies
report a very busy start to the new school year. Maddison
is pictured being welcomed to the nursery by Amanda Gething-Lewis,
and has received a special edition of Beatrix Potter Nursery
Rhymes and a teddy bear to mark the occasion.
Gething-Lewis welcomes Maddison Cooke to
for Ross Live!
sent in by Tara Hickman.
Hickman has been appointed co-ordinator for Ross Live!.
Her responsibilities will include outreach to young people
via the schools and the Community Youth Service, bringing
music workshops and live performance to those who have
already made a start, while encouraging interest and active
participation in arts-based activity for those not yet
involved. As well as developing the outreach programme,
Tara will be planning performances by professional musicians
in and around Ross, using the existing venues in town,
and now moving out to the parish churches. There will
be a week-long festival again from 12th to 19th August,
a week later than this year in order not to clash with
the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, but other performances
are being planned during the year, to bring visitors to
the town, who will be attracted by the the quality and
variety of the programmes.
is no stranger to organizing performances in Ross, having
come to the town as Festival Administrator to the Ross
International Festival in 2003 and Programme Co-ordinator
in 2004. Before that she spent a year in France as Festival
Assistant in Montreuil-sur-Mer, following three years
as Festivals Administrator to the Warwick Arts Society.
'I'm really excited to be back in the arts world in Ross-on-Wye'
says Tara. 'We aim to bring performances of the highest
quality with across-the-board appeal in a variety of media'.
part-time post is funded by Advantage West Midlands, as
part of the £500,000 package recently agreed under the
Market Towns Initiative for the Ross Area Partnership's
regeneration strategy, with match funding provided by
Arts Council England.
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