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No. 95 - 10th May 2006
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[Ross Mayor Making - Fifth Grammar School Reunion - A Mother's Pride]
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Ross-on-Wye Mayor Making
After a successful year in the Role of Mayor, Councillor
Gordon Lucas handed the Mayoral Chain over to Councillor
Phil Cutter during the Mayor Making Ceremony which took
place at the Larruperz Centre on Monday evening, 8th May.
at a public meeting, Joyce Thomas MBE DL thanked Gordon
and his wife, Margaret for their service to the town during
their term as Mayor and Mayoress. She pointed out that
they had accomplished far more during their year in office
than Gordon had mentioned during his address. The incoming
Mayor, Councillor Cutter also congratulated Gordon for
a successful year.
are some of the photographs I took last night and more
will be available to view next week in the gallery. I
am afraid that as the event occurred after this week's
deadline, I have not had time to prepare them yet.
Clerk, Denise Mason, Mayoress, Christine Cutter, Mayor, Phil Cutter
and Assistant Town Clerk, Eva Bichsel. DSC_9291
Town Council. DSC_9294
Fifth Grammar School Reunion
Over fifty people visited Ross Conservative Club on Saturday
evening, 6th. May for the fifth consecutive reunion of
Ross Grammar School. Originally for Old Rossians who are
now in their late sixties, pupils who started at Ross
Grammar in 1949 and 1950, the event now attracts ex-pupils
who range from 63 to 76.
occasion was marked by the presentation of a birthday
cake, made by Margaret Symonds and a multimeter from all
ex-pupils, to Frank Drabble, who taught most of us Chemistry.
Frank will be 90 years old (or young) in August of this
long group school photographs from 1946 to 1959 were on
display, so that all of those attending could find themselves
and their old friends on a photograph - a great source
of amusement and nostalgia. Those attending this time
were also able to browse the list of Old Rossians on file,
which now numbers over 120, in a sort of mini "friends
usual buffet style meal allowed people to circulate, which
is probably why the event has been so popular and has
expanded to cover more years than originally intended.
Many want a repeat event for next year, as I hope there
The provisional date for the next one is May 19th. 2007.
to Beryl Downing and her Conservative Club staff, all
went well on the catering scene and we will be availing
ourselves of their services again next year. If there
are any Old Rossians out there, particularly from the
1949 and 1950 intake, please get in touch if you would
like to come in May next year.
A new poll by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) reveals
that 80% of breastfeeding mums feel proud to breastfeed,
with more than half (55%) saying they feel ‘extremely proud’.
During this year’s Breastfeeding Awareness Week (14-20 May),
the NCT is encouraging more mothers to feel proud to breastfeed,
whether they breastfeed for one day or one year, because
every feed makes a positive difference for both baby and
one feed helps to stabilize a baby’s blood sugars and
protects the baby’s gut.
day of breastfeeding helps the mother’s womb to contract
towards normal size.
can burn up to 450 calories a day for the mother, and
breastfeeding hormones help the mother get back to sleep
after night feeds.
a baby exclusively for six weeks halves the risk of a
food allergy at three years old.
who are breastfed for three months are five times less
likely get severe diarrhoea.
show babies breastfed for longer have higher average scores
on intelligence tests and less risk of becoming overweight
in later life.
NCT’s survey shows that health benefits are the driving
force behind a mother’s decision to breastfeed. An overwhelming
majority of mums (93%) consider the health benefits of breastfeeding
as one of the main factors in their decision and six in
10 mums state health benefits as the ‘most important’ reason
to breastfeed. Other factors are:
feeling of closeness between mother and baby (12%).
fact that breastfeeding is free (10%)
Dodds, Policy Research Officer at the NCT said, “It is very
encouraging that mums feel proud to breastfeed and are aware
that breastfeeding makes a real difference to babies’ health.
Any amount of breastfeeding is a reason to feel proud. It
isn’t always easy at the beginning – it’s a skill that needs
to be learnt, but the benefits for both mother and baby
start right from the first feed. We want all women to have
the right support from those around them so that they feel
confident and able to continue for as long as they like.”
this year’s Breastfeeding Awareness Week, the NCT has produced
a new poster with the strapline - A Mother’s Pride. In addition,
the NCT’s Reasons to be Proud fact sheet outlines the health
benefits of breastfeeding from one day up to two years for
mum and baby. For copies of the fact sheet or poster please
call NCT Sales on 0870 112 1120 or visit www.nctsales.co.uk.
breastfeeding counsellors are available to answer questions
and provide support around baby feeding. For further information
call the NCT Breastfeeding Line on 0870 444 8708 any day
between 8am and 10pm.
NCT’s new breastfeeding charity wristband has three breastfeeding
helpline numbers printed on it to make sure mums can easily
get breastfeeding support if they need it. The band, produced
in partnership with Lansinoh, is also available from NCT
Sales with proceeds going towards the training breastfeeding
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