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Issue No. 78 [Back Issues]
10th January 2006

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Topical Photography

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Above: Every Thursday morning Sheila and Joan are my favourite ladies in Ross-on-Wye! Over the past year or so, it has become a part of my weekly routine that, whatever else I have on of a Thursday morning, a visit to the Cantilupe Café is absolutely essential. I would cancel photographing the Queen to keep the appointment. 'Sorry Ma'am, it's breakfast at the Cantilupe day. I might be able to fit you in tomorrow.' If you look closely at the photo above, you might notice a change of background colour since the last time I photographed Sheila and Joan. Over the Christmas / New Year period, the two ladies plus helpers redecorated the café and I had to go somewhere else for breakfast. It just wasn't quite the same. Things are back to normal now though! Very posh! 'Pass the rouge, old chap'.

Below: The New Life Church (NLC) held it's annual senior citizens lunch at the Ryefield Centre on Sunday, 8th January. This popular event was moved from Boxing Day to give the guests time to recover from their Christmas Day banquet. With expert assistance from Richard of the Jolly Roger who took the helm in the kitchen and all hands on deck for serving up the festive fare, a great time was had by all. After lunch, Plumbline Puppets entertained with good old carols for dessert. NLC meet at the Ryefield Centre every Sunday at 10.30 am. Church can be fun.

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Below: The Wisker family of Pengethley Manor are putting on a special 'Valentine's' event, which will take place on the 18th February and will raise money for Acorns Children's Hospice. The event will be an evening of 'Broadway' songs performed by James Wisker and Rachel Waring, with donations to the children's hospice. Both Rachel and James are well known singers. Rachel has achieved top place in all of her categories in the annual Herefordshire Festival for Performing Arts and James reached the final audition for the ITV programme the 'X' Factor.

Below, the singers can be seen at a practise evening at Pengethley Manor with Mike Bearcroft, who is a Fund -raising and Event Manager, Bob Turner, Compere and Sue Bearcroft, Choreographer.

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Ross Heritage Centre

Fine Arts Printing Workshop:

The Sidney Nolan Trust will be holding a Fine Arts Printing Workshop on Sunday 5th February This is an all day event and will be taking place at the Market House Heritage Centre, Ross-on-Wye . Places are very limited so booking is essential.

The cost will be £10 per person for this exclusive opportunity to have a go on a portable etching press. The group will make and print drypoint and collagraph prints. You do not have to be an artist - it is suitable for all, although it is less suitable for those under eleven years of age.

The course will also teach the safe use of a press and printmaking materials. Participants will be provided with all necessary materials. Drinks will also be provided although those taking part will need to bring their own lunch.

The session will start promptly at 10.30 am and will continue through with a break for lunch, finishing the day at approximately 4:00 pm

If you are interested in joining in this workshop, please contact the Heritage Centre for full information and a booking form.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30 am to 4:00 pm or telephone 01432 260675 during opening hours. Places are strictly limited and the closing date for bookings will be Wednesday 1st February.

A Herd of Elephants:

Residents and visitors to Ross-on-Wye will shortly be able to see the full collection of elephants left to the care of Ross Town Council. This is a collection which has been very well publicized recently. Councillor Gordon Lucas, Mayor of Ross, contacted Mary Powell of the Heritage Centre to see if she could suggest a way they could be put on display as per the requirements of the will which bequeathed them to the town. Mary suggested they could be displayed in the Heritage Centre at the beginning of 2006. However, when she discovered there were more than 600 elephants of all shape, size and medium she had to put her thinking cap on again.

Following further discussion it was decided to hold a 'rolling' exhibition. This has never been attempted before in the centre and it will be interesting to see how it works. The elephants will be split into six or seven manageable lots and displayed over a period of two months. Change over day will be Monday when the centre is closed to the public. Visitors to the centre will then be able to call in at least once a week for the duration of the exhibition to see a different part of the collection. There may also be light-hearted competitions about the collection but again these have yet to be finalized.

Dates have not yet been finalized for the start of the exhibition but details will be in the local press. Posters will also be on display throughout the town. This collection is one not to be missed so be sure to make a note to visit the centre to see it.


Pictured below is one of the current Heritage Centre art displays, an exhibition of hand made Jewellery by Les Riches.

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Readers' Photographs

Thank you to regular reader, Pete Alker in Canada for the photograph below, taken at 8:30 am on Sunday, 8th January with his local pub on the left. Pete, a Ross ex-pat and old 'Potters Bar' frequenter said of the Canadian pub, 'They have ten beers on draft including Guinness, Kilkenny and 80/- from Edinburgh and occasionally Boddingtons, which it seem is a great favourite of all the Air Force guys who spend quite a bit of time in the UK. Rumour has it that the local NAAFI is regularly stocked by Hercules flying back'.

If you are a Ross ex-pat and would like to send in a photograph, I will publish any received in future editions of 'Wyenot News'. I know there are loads of you out there, scattered about the planet. Why not show your local friends where you live now?

Photo - Pete Alker, Canada.


Town Colour Scheme for Ross-in-Bloom

May I remind those who like to plant in the town colours for the summer that this year the Ross-in-Bloom colours will be all the blues, all the yellows and all the oranges. This was announced at the AGM and in the press at the end of last year but as we are getting many enquiries I thought I would let everyone know again.

Further to other enquiries we will only be taking part in the Heart of England in Bloom Regional Event this summer if I can get some help with the organization. As announced at the AGM and in the local press I have decided it is time to take stock of my voluntary work hours. Due to the amount of work the judging co-ordination (both regional and local) takes up during my "spare time", I am unable to give my full commitment to it all, and produce a satisfactory result at the end. I am looking for 2 or 3 volunteers who can work together to help with the following towards the Heart of England in Bloom entry. The work is not arduous but can take up time that I am now unable to give.

The work involved includes:

  • The ability to produce a 30-page portfolio outlining the work done in the town for the year including photographic evidence.
  • Planning a route around the town to enable the judges to see the many and varied aspects of the set criteria for the entry.
  • Organizing the gathering of the people of Ross at venues on the day for photo calls, meeting the judges, etc. including a refreshment venue at the end of the visit.
  • Keeping the local press informed of the progress being made towards the day's events.

I would be able to guide the new volunteers on all aspects of the work this year with a view to them taking over the event completely in 2007.

Time is pressing. I will shortly be receiving the invitation to enter the competition - the closing date being at the end of April. If there is no one willing to come forward we will be unable to continue with this competition for this year. The local competitions will continue as usual. Ross-in-Bloom have an increasing number of competitions each year and everyone can be assured these will continue for the foreseeable future.

For further information and to volunteer please contact me or leave a message on 01989 563056 before 8:30 pm daily or drop a letter into the Heritage Centre, Lucas Motorcycles or Halcyon Daze for me to collect.

Thank you.

Mary Powell Judging co-ordinator Ross-in-Bloom

Looking for Lavinia

Lavinia Yorath lived in Ross on Wye (or near by) from about 1901 until 1954 approx dying at the age of 95 If any of the readers of ever met Lavinia or could tell me anything about her then I would be interested to listen.

Pennie Hayhurst

Ross RFC - Rugby

Disappointment & Satisfaction

Before Christmas was an unsettled period for Ross, with two league opponents not showing, which created gaps in the Ross fixture list. This gave Ross points for winning the fixtures but not the opportunity to advance their position in the league in terms of goal difference or score lines. There is much to be said for a win on the pitch compared to a win on paper. This is why subsequent disappointment turned to satisfaction during the last league fixture of 2005. There is much to be said about the better team winning in any contact sport, as often skill is pitted against sheer brutality.

It is with great satisfaction then that Ross finished the last League game of the year, against a side that had every intention of beating them at all cost. The match started as any game does with the opposition making it known from very early on that their intention was that it was going to be a physical game. Ross responded and held firm. Ross far out played the opposition moving the ball forward, committing to the contact, and supporting each other through the passage of play. With Ross’ lead secured by half time, the opposition’s frustration with the situation was apparent. It was at this time that Ross stood their ground and rather than a reduction in skill or momentum, the commitment to maintain their clean sheet was compounded. A dejected and frustrated opposition was subject to numerous penalties and a number of sending off’s. This enabled Ross to run in a number of tries close to the whistle and end the year beating Tredworth by 28 points to nil.

Ross maintain their position at the top of their league. The same kind of physical battle wasn’t the form during the traditional ‘Over’ Vs ‘Under’ match played on Boxing Day. Many players dusted off their old boots or changed club allegiance for the afternoon. The game was played in good spirit - and good spirits played their own part during the interval and post match. The game was tight and the closest it had been for many years seeing the ‘Unders’ win by 7 points to nil.

Training commences again in the New Year, at the sports centre off Wilton Road on Tuesday and Thursday night at 6:30 pm ending at around 8:00 pm. Those wishing to support the club either as a player, supporter or just with passing interest are invited to contact the club at these times or post match on a Saturday afternoon in the Drop Inn.

This year's Tour has been announced and will be to Nottingham on the weekend 5th – 7th May. This will be an opportunity for Ross players to end their season on a high, and for Ross locals to enjoy a weekend devoid of rugby players. If this is too long to wait for an event however, there will be a race night on Saturday February 18th at the Drop Inn.

It only remains for me to wish Ross RFC continued success on and of the pitch. And those associated with Ross a very happy and prosperous New Year.


ROSS R.F.C. Top Turnout

Ross is going to be looking well turned out, both on and off the pitch this season. Their generous hosts at the Drop Inn have kindly volunteered to sponsor the team's dress shirts. Ross on Wye RFC would like to thank the Drop Inn for their ongoing support and post match facilities.

Ross has continued to maintain a healthy first team squad situation, with some positive player rotation through the side. Each Saturday opens up opportunities for the creative play Ross are looking to continue from the start of the season. It is disappointing that a permanent second team does not currently run from the club.

Anyone who would like to commit to a more leisurely paced game on an occasional basis is welcome to contact the Club. This can be done post match through the Drop Inn or on Tuesday or Thursday night after training, which is held at 6:30 pm ending at around 8 pm at the Sports Centre off Wilton Road. We extend the invitation to train to all potential players of both regular and occasional standard.

Ross had started the season with the momentum it built up following a continuous summer of training. This seemed to pay off for Ross with new and returning players at the start of the season enabling Ross to field a team with both youth and experience. The results of this was a very healthy score line, in the first league game (Ross 15 - 0 Tredworth) and some very credible results in the friendly fixtures (Ross 18 - 15 Civil Service) (Ross 91 - 0 Dowty). The day trip to Wales provided the closest of results (Ross 17 - 17 Sully).

This success sets the bench mark for Ross' season, allowing them to enter the league table in the top half; though it is still early days. The season becomes more intense now with league games coming through more regularly and the pitches becoming wetter and slower. It remains to be seen whether this impacts on Ross impressive start or whether they can maintain their initial pace. The club atmosphere and talk is turning towards the creative prizes in the annual raffle and suggestions of next years tour, which is already in the early stages of planning. There is a lingering atmosphere of anticipation within Ross RFC currently, and high expectations that it is realized.


Ross RFC 25 Sully RFC 17

After a three week Christmas break, Ross got back into action on Saturday against Sully RFC from Penarth in South Wales.

As the score line suggests, Sully pushed an unbeaten Ross side all the way. However, after Ross had shaken off the Christmas malaise, they were able to take total control after the hour mark and win fairly comfortably in the end.

Although cold and overcast, the rain showers did clear and both sides started the match by moving the ball at every opportunity. However it was Ross who got on the score sheet first. After some good inter play in the backs with Dan Weston and Wayne Bishop prominent, Ross forced Sully to concede a five metre scrum. The Ross front three, Tara Barnett, Tony Clements and Matthew Redman set a solid platform for the Ross No 8, Mike Davies to burst off the back off the scrum and crash over to score after ten minutes, making the score 5 - 0.

Ross continued to dominate and an Andy Hunt penalty took Ross into an 8 - 0 lead. However the Sully defence held firm and slowly their forwards began to get them into the game. With half-time looming it looked as if Ross would enter the second half in the lead, however an interception try by the Sully centre and a blind side lineout move led to two late tries and it was Sully who led 14 - 8 at half time.

Ross quickly put the first half setbacks behind them and started the second half strongly. With Nick Brierley, Matt Taylor and Flos Morgan to the fore, after some strong running from Tara Barnett and Kevan Healy, Sam Harness moved the ball quickly to Andy Hunt who fed Huw Bellamy, who chipped the ball over the Sully defence, gathered the bouncing ball and outpaced the defence to score. Andy Hunt converted and Ross went ahead 15 -14.

Ross were now controlling territory and possession and with Craig Creed, Flos Morgan and Gavin Oates dominating the breakdown, Sam Harness began to give the Ross backs some quality ball. Adam Clements, Alistair Rees and Chris Gage began to ask questions of the Sully defence with some strong running and after a series of surges into the Sully half, Chris Gage was set free down the right, selling two dummies before scoring and giving Ross a 22 - 14 lead.

Ross continued to dominate the rest of the match and with both sides registering one more penalty each, the final score was Ross 25 Sully 17.

Ross's next match is home to Birmingham Exiles in the North Midlands Cup on Saturday 14th January. Kick off is at 2:30 pm, so please come down and support your local team. Hopefully we can continue our unbeaten record!

Paul Haley

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