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Ross Pre-school celebrate the Chinese New Year
children at Ross Pre-school Playgroup can be seen below
enjoying and celebrating the Chinese New Year on Wednesday
Pre-school Playgroup is a non profit making registered
nursery for children, from two to five years of age. These
children are encouraged to enjoy themselves and achieve
by experienced and caring staff, with a varied activity
programme and Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Treasurer, Iris Price said, 'In order to ensure the continuation
of this important service for the children and families
of Ross-on-Wye, the Trustees are organizing fund-raising
events and making every effort to increase the number
of children on the register.'
Joyce Thomas, President and founder of the playgroup said,
'We have survived thirty five years as a great playgroup
with high standards and an enviable reputation. I am very
proud and grateful to the many people who continue to
make Ross Pre-school Playgroup one of the best in the
county. Unfortunately we have seen good voluntary playgroups
come and go. We ourselves are experiencing a difficult
financial time but I am confident that with the goodwill
of organizations and fund-raising and the good people
of Ross-on-Wye, we will continue to have a playgroup of
which we are justifiably proud'.
find out more about Ross Pre-school Playgroup, please
contact Pauline Williams on 01989 562435.
Ross-on-Wye Otters - Wow!
you all very much for your feedback about my otter photographs.
I had no idea that there would be so much interest in the
subject! This week, I have been stopped in the street, I
have received dozens of emails and been telephoned by the
BBC for a radio programme (which I did not actually hear
as I have not had time to listen to the radio). I did not
speak on the show, I simply provided as much information
as I could, although I asked them not to broadcast precise
was a little worried about giving information as I am not
an otter expert. Indeed, in conversation I keep wrongly
referring to them as beavers. That, I guess is what's known
as a Freudian slip and earned me an amused 'one of those
looks' from Tina the first evening I proudly announced that
I was, 'just off to hunt beaver'. 'Well, it is the weekend!'
I added, suddenly realizing that I had got it wrong again.
actually took far more photographs the day I caught them
than I published so, as there was so much interest in the
subject, here is just one more for now. Although it is difficult
to see, the otter had a fish in its mouth at the time of
this photo. It is just slightly visible above the tip of
A rather unusual performance of Sleeping Beauty
Beauty, that age old favourite fairy story enjoyed by
millions of people world wide, was not on the agenda at
John Kyrle High School from Wednesday 1st February until
Saturday 4th February. The tale of Sleeping Beauty as
seen through the eyes of the spell casting, very flatulent
fairy 'Goody' was however. This production was put on
by the school in order to help raise funds for the South
Africa Tour 2006.
set was spread over the whole of the main hall and the
excellent lighting and sound created a really dramatic
atmosphere, in particular during the 'Forest' scenes.
humour in this great production had a strong Monty Python
flavour, mixed with a little Black Adder and the very
able cast soon had everybody laughing. Apart from the
main characters, Beauty, King, Queen, Fairy etc. there
were lots of cleverly arranged groups. There were minstrels,
accompanied by a very punky guitarist, courtiers, court
dancers and wolves, but of all these, I think my favourite
group was the Thorns, who grew up around the castle, spikily
twisting around Beauty's mother to the sound of 'God Save
The Queen' by the Sex Pistols.
'orchestra' was made up of just four musicians (photo
next week) who all performed brilliantly, and as well
as taking part in the acting, many pupils were also involved
in the stage management and choreography. Pupils, staff
and parents all worked very hard together to make this
production the great show that it was.
Golf Unites for Acorns
cannot change the fact that their child will die, but
we can promise that they will not have to face that death
are words from the brochure of Acorns, local children's
hospices, who have recently had to shut down four beds
in each hospice - twelve beds in total, leaving only eighteen
remaining due to lack of funds.
help raise funds for Acorns, with hospices covering seven
counties, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire,
Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire,
golf clubs are uniting to raise money for the good cause.
Herefordshire Golf Club are asking a minimum donation
of £1.00 per player (Ladies, Seniors, Juniors and
Club) during March and April from those playing Monthly
Medal, Stableford or any other similar competitions to
help the children's charity. A similar request has been
sent to two hundred other Golf Clubs within the seven
counties in a hope to raise between £5,000 and £10,000
for the cause.
below, launching the fund-raising effort at South Herefordshire
Golf Club on Wednesday last, 1st February are Leo Tarrant,
Golf Pro, Mayor of Ross, Gordon Lucas, Presenter of BBC
Hereford and Worcester's Breakfast Show, Howard Bentham
and Hugh Elliott - Captain of South Herefordshire Golf
am sure that whether you play golf or not, any donation
to Acorns would be very welcome at their shop in Gloucester
Road. Please try to help this worthy cause.
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