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Issue No. 95 - 10th May 2006
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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.

Afterwards, 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.

Below 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.





Town Clerk, Denise Mason, Mayoress, Christine Cutter, Mayor, Phil Cutter and Assistant Town Clerk, Eva Bichsel. DSC_9291

Ross 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.

This 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 year.

The 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 reunited" scheme.

The 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 will be. The provisional date for the next one is May 19th. 2007.

Thanks 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.

Jerry Lyons (Organiser).

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A Mother’s Pride

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 mum.

Research shows that:

  • Just one feed helps to stabilize a baby’s blood sugars and protects the baby’s gut.
  • One day of breastfeeding helps the mother’s womb to contract towards normal size.
  • Breastfeeding can burn up to 450 calories a day for the mother, and breastfeeding hormones help the mother get back to sleep after night feeds.
  • Breastfeeding a baby exclusively for six weeks halves the risk of a food allergy at three years old.
  • Babies who are breastfed for three months are five times less likely get severe diarrhoea.
  • Studies show babies breastfed for longer have higher average scores on intelligence tests and less risk of becoming overweight in later life.

The 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:

  • Convenience (13%).
  • The feeling of closeness between mother and baby (12%).
  • The fact that breastfeeding is free (10%)

Rosie 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.”

For 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

NCT 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.

The 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 counsellors.

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