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Size Matters at the Ross Gazette
Over the years many people have asked the question as
to why the 'Ross Gazette' has remained in its broadsheet
format rather than move with the times to a more easily
manageable page size. That question is about to be answered
with a new, smaller, more reader friendly size from the
edition of 6th April.
traditionalists may well mourn the passing of the traditional
broadsheet but the new 'Ross Gazette' will still contain
all of your news and information and advertisers will
be able to submit adverts of a standard size, in line
with other papers.
The 'Ross Gazette' will still welcome your news stories,
sports reports, local events and letters, are happy to
a send photographer along for your photo opportunities
and will continue to welcome suggestions for issues to
investigate. In fact, the general content will remain
unchanged. The paper will be easier to read. That's it!
News would like to wish the 'Ross Gazette' well in
this endeavour to give readers what they have asked for
and hope that readers will continue to support their traditional
Ross-on-Wye newspaper, which has been produced every week
without fail since January, 2nd 1867.
below, staff at the 'Ross Gazette' show last week's issue
of the traditional newspaper, along with a copy from the
World War II years and a 'Ross Recorder', another of the
Gazette's publications, which uses the same page size
as the new look publication. Left to right they are Sue
Johnson, Barbara Dix, Jo Scrivin, Chris Robertson - Editor
and Sue Kirby. Pauline is unfortunately conspicuous by
her absence but she was out of the office when I took
the photograph. I will take another photo which includes
Pauline on the 6th April.
A Year at the White Lion
Happy Anniversary to Dave and Jacqui Newman of the White
Lion at Wilton, who celebrated the end of their first
year at this lovely riverside pub on Tuesday, 21st March.
The congenial hosts, along with Jacqui's daughter Rhianne
have made many friends during this time and have not only
increased their local trade who regularly enjoy the range
of beautifully kept real ales on offer, they also have
regular visitors from outside of Ross who enjoy staying
at the homely inn, looking forward to a great home-cooked
is being booked up fairly rapidly this season and Dave
and Jacqui are looking forward to welcoming visitors to
their beer and cider festival, to celebrate the summer
solstice on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June, where
there will be live performances by folk and blues musicians.
has also been instrumental in bringing the local
otters to the attention of the public and many people
visit the White Lion hoping to catch a glimpse of these
beautiful creatures playing on the rocks outside of the
and Dave would like to thank their regular customers for
their support during their first year in Ross-on-Wye and
along with their team of friendly staff look forward to
many more happy years at the White Lion.
and Jacqui at the White Lion, Wilton. Ref: DSC_7480
Spring Cleaning for St. Joseph's
St. Joseph`s Roman Catholic Primary School in Ross organized
a spring-clean with a difference this week when they managed
to fill hundreds of bin-liners with second hand clothes
and textiles. The donated goods will not only be recycled
for people living in poverty in Eastern Europe and Asia
but will earn 25 pence per kilo for school fund-raising.
The scheme, which has become popular with schools and
nurseries across the country is run by East Midlands based
charity "Bag2school". Schools can take part by requesting
to be included in the scheme. Bags and leaflets explaining
how the collection works are delivered a month before
the collection date and everybody has a month to get busy
clearing out and collecting. Pupils, parents and staff
at St Joseph's collected three hundred and fifty bags.
Out of those, over two hundred were collected single-handedly
by Treena Wilcox and Pam Wheeler, a mother daughter, with
son/grandson Dewi at the school. They live in the Forest
of Dean and from Christmas onwards, they collected goods
for recycling throughout their local community and through
'Everyone has been really busy clearing out since Christmas
and the 'Bag2school' scheme has been a really good incentive
to Spring clean' said the school's Head, Maria Bord 'We
were quite relieved to see the lorry arrive and take them
away this week as the pile of bags has been growing by
Have Your Say at the Lea
community consultation took place in a marquee at Lea
Primary School on Tuesday, 14th March where the those
served by the school were able to have their say about
the services they would like to see available in the Lea.
the adults discussed village matters, children were able
to enjoy stories, songs, face painting and many other
below at the event are Sarah Heeran, Ema McCloud, Iris
Price, Joyce Thomas MBE DL, Stuart Simpkins, Steph Bayley
of Greencroft Children's Centre, Hereford, Bethany and
Nicky Rawlings, Sophie Simpkins, Connie Mcload, Annabel
Heenan, Moana and Carol Graham.
Your Stall at one of the Ross-in-Bloom Craft and Charity Markets
Ross-in-Bloom, supported by Ross Chamber of Commerce are
holding Craft and Charity Markets again this year. Following
the success of those held last year, use of the Market Place
has again been organized for the spring and summer bank
holidays. Markets will be held on Monday, 17th April, Monday
27th May and Sunday, 27th August.
and Crafts people, together with Charities can reserve pitch
space at any one or at all of these events. The charge is
set at £5 per pitch as usual. However, for those who wish
to pre-book and reserve space at several events there will
be a scaled fee. For one event, £5; for two events, £8;
for all three, £11. The fees must be prepaid with a completed
booking form and there are regrettably no refunds for non-attendance.
volunteers came forward to take over the work of Mary Powell
for the entry into the Heart of England in Bloom this year.
Therefore Ross-in-Bloom will not be entering the competition.
This means there will probably be no charity market in July
as this was always held to coincide with the event. On Monday
1st May there will be a special market for Charities Only.
Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen will be exhibiting and
selling their wares in the Heritage Centre that week, so
it will be unfair to have crafts people downstairs at the
same time. Charities who wish to take part in this event
will need to complete a booking form and return it with
their fee. A single booking will cost £5 but charities can
save if they wish to attend any of the above events as well.
anybody pre-booking for all four, the fee will be £15. Booking
forms are available from Ross Heritage Centre or Halcyon
Daze. Enquiries can also be made on 01989 563056 before
look forward to seeing all their usual stall holders plus
new ones. In the past these have proved to be very successful
for all taking part and we look forward to seeing old and
new faces at every event - especially those who come along
to buy their gifts at bargain prices.
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