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is looking for volunteers . . .
Ann Wilkinson is really valued by The Green Nappy Laundry
Service and sales office when she gives her time to help
with the monthly accounts for EnviroAbility. Ann
has been assisting Martin Neicho, the Project Manager
for the past two years.
need help in their friendly office, which is based at
The Ryefield Centre and would welcome volunteers to take
on tasks which include answering the phone, copy typing,
taking bookings and covering the office. The organization
also need someone to assist with regularly updating the
EnviroAbility web site. If
you are able to spare just a few hours a week, your time
would be really valued.
primary aims and objectives of EnviroAbility are to provide
and promote projects, which will benefit the community,
environment and disadvantaged groups. The group is also
concerned with the environment and community issues.
further information about the whole range of jobs available
with EnviroAbility, and those currently on offer please
call Dennis or Martin on 01989 760919 for a chat about
what you would like to do, or for more information email:
Wilkinson, Dennis Humble and Alison Fletcher at EnviroAbility.
Photography This Week
new children joining Ashfield Park Primary School are
enjoying themselves during their first term. Pictured
above are nineteen of the first term pupils with Mrs Anne
Church-Jones' and below, a further twenty two with Teacher,
Mrs Ruth Andrews and Assistant Teacher, Mrs O'Donnell.
The bottom photograph is of the new starters at Ashfield
Park Nursery School.
Bird Boxes for Environmentally Friendly Local Farm
the environment, Martin Boynton, a local blackcurrant
farmer is putting up bird boxes in trees on his farm,
which supplies blackcurrants to Ribena. Ribena, the well
known blackcurrant drink is bottled at the Glaxco Smith
Kline plant in Coleford.
Martin's farm recently had an environmental evaluation
on behalf of the Nature Trust, which is keen to see farmers
promoting wildlife in the countryside.
Martin can be seen about to install a 'Little Owl Box',
one of many put in trees around the Ross-on-Wye farm.
75th Birthday, Dad!
to my father, Jeffrey Wood, who celebrated his 75th birthday
on Friday 7th October 2005!
Saturday 8th I took the day off to travel to Harold Wood
in Essex, where Dad celebrated with a concert for family
and friends by the 'Timepeace Brass Quintet'. This was
an event arranged before the sad death of Mum in June
this year and for this reason, I have to admit that I
was a little apprehensive - nervous of going. The afternoon
event was superb however, with Mum remaining in everybody's
inscription on the birthday cake, 'BY PE HAELIG Rood I'C
WILLE FEOCHTE' is in English. It is in the English
language of a thousand years ago, and is a quote from
the Anglo Saxon poem, 'The Battle of Maldon'. Other than,
'I spy with my little eye, something beginning with A',
they are reputedly the last words spoken by Harold Godwine,
before he died at Hastings on 14th October 1066 - 'By
the Holy Cross I will fight'.
a musician himself, Dad was invited to conduct the ensemble
and related an anecdote about the last time he conducted
a brass band. This was in Germany at an Oktoberfest. The
'oom-pah' band had invited people in the audience to buy
a round of drinks, name a tune and then conduct as they
performed the request. He bought the band their beer and
then requested and conducted, 'Colonel Bogey'. After they
had completed the performance, the German bandleader stood
up and said, 'I bet you are English!'
birthday, Dad! See you in another 25 years - same time, same
October at the Heritage Centre
requests from local people, the finds from the Roman town
of Ariconium will be on display at the Heritage Centre
for the whole of October. Seeing them all together in
one display is a unique experience and well worth a visit.
Christine Roscoe, a local artist, will have her portrait
work on display until 17th October. Her work will be available
for sale and visitors will also be able to commission
Nelson and Lady Hamilton will be at the Market House again,
in person during Trafalgar Day on 21st October.
Friday 28th October will be a "Sporing Drawing" Activity
Day. Education staff from the Hereford Museum will be
visiting during the morning and visitors of all ages will
be able to have a go at drawing or just finding out about
fungi. The activity takes place from 10.30 am to 1 pm.
There will be no need to book but children must be accompanied.
This event is part of the 'National Big Draw' event, which
is becoming more popular every year. Why not come along
and join in? The
Museum on the Move will also be visiting the Market Place
for the day. Visitors will be able to call in between
11 am and 4 pm to view this year's 'Hedgerows' exhibition.
"Make your own Christmas Cards" workshop will be taking
place during the weekend of 29th and 30th October. This
is also a drop in activity for all ages with no need to
book. The cost of the workshop is for materials used only.
There will also be ready made cards available for sale.
forward to Christmas, the Heritage Centre now has its
Christmas Gifts and Books stock available for sale, as
well as plenty to fill those stockings. There is also
a supply of local Christmas Cards available. 'Cards for
Good Causes' will be returning for their third year of
trading on 8th November, during normal opening hours.
details can be obtained as usual on 01432 260675, between
the opening hours of 10 am and 5 pm Monday to Saturday,
and 10.30 am to 4 pm on Sundays.
of 1st November the Centre will be open Tuesday to Sunday
from 10.30 am to 4 pm, and closed on Mondays. It is hoped
that this change will enable local working people, as
well as visitors to the town, time to visit the various
exhibitions. The centre is closed for lunch between 1
pm and 1.30 pm daily, if no relief staff are available.
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