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Issue No. 101 - 28th June 2006
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[Silver Medal Cyclist Oli Beckinsale - School Fetes - Brampton Abbotts Helping in Uganda - Treasure Hunt]
[Bring a Bear - Visit from Down Under - Learning Walk - Violette Szabo Walk - Blot on the Landscape]
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Bring a Bear Day

Children at Walford Primary School took part in a 'Bring A Bear, Show You Care' day on Wednesday 21st June to raise money for medical research helping sick young babies and to provide special care following premature births.

In the photo, Chris Brooke, Poppie Higgins, Callum Trotman, Georgia Hockenhull, Emily Rudge and David Tookey can be seen at school with their bears.


A School Visitor from Down Under

John Kyrle High School was delighted to welcome Glen Brown, Principal of Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia as part of his visit to schools in the UK. Mr Brown was accompanied by Mr Paul Bishton from the Midlands Leadership Centre and visited John Kyrle to look at its work as both a High Performing Specialist Technology College and its role as the only school in Herefordshire to gain a British Council International School Award.

John Kyrle works very closely with the primary partners and Mr Griffiths invited Mrs Hilary Hines, Headteacher from Ashfield Park Primary School and Mr Tony Griffiths, Headteacher from Goodrich C E Primary School, who represented the younger students who will be attending John Kyrle in the future. Mr Brown said he was very grateful to the school for their hospitality and hugely impressed by what he had seen and heard.


Playing Host to West Midlands Students

John Kyrle High School played host to students from the West Midlands on Friday 23rd June. The visitors came to discuss the work of the School Council and were met by Assistant Head Teacher, Mark Croad, Head Boy, Jacob Stroud, and Head Girl, Roberta Fisher. The students were taken on a 'learning walk' around the school, before meeting with the School Council.


Violette Szabo Sponsored Walk

Lt Jennifer Cole and Cadet Ensign Claire Cutts, serving members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), joined the Violette Szabo Trail on Saturday, 24th June in order to raise funds for the Corps' centenary in 2007 - forging an important link between one of the heroines of the Corps' past and its plans for the future.

The FANY is still a thriving and active all-women volunteer unit based at Horseferry Road TA Centre in central London, but it is best known through its links with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII, when members worked as top-secret coders and radio operators at Bletchley Park. Many others were parachuted into occupied France to work as radio operators behind the lines, co-ordinating resistance cells under highly dangerous conditions. Twelve FANY SOE agents were captured and died in Nazi concentration camps - including Violette Szabo, whose life is commemorated at the Violette Szabo GC Museum in Wormelow, Herefordshire.

The museum is the end point of the Violette Szabo GC Trail and, following the walk, a service and picnic were held in the grounds where Lt Cole gave a short talk on the current activity of the FANY. Following the service, four serving members of the Corps were available to chat to visitors about their modern-day role in Emergency Planning, which includes providing communications between the civilian and military authorities in times of emergencies such as the July 7th bombings in London and the recent Fire-fighters' strike.

Sponsorship raised from the walk will help towards funding a five-day trek across the Pyrenees in 2007, following the escape routes taken by the SOE agents during WWII. The FANY officers, all volunteers, have already started to train for the Pyrenees trip, which will be just one of a series of events to mark the centenary of the Corps.

For more information, or if you would like to make a contribution to the centenary fund, you are welcome to visit the web site at


Blot on the Landscape

Local businessman, Patrick Gething Lewis is heading a campaign against an easily avoidable blot on the Herefordshire landscape.

The National Grid are planning to place a gas reduction pipe, which could be easily be hidden in a field just a little further away, across the land immediately behind where Patrick is standing with his dog in the photograph below. Patrick said, 'The National Grid are looking at cost rather than the environmental impact on South Herefordshire'.

The planning application, reference, DC SW2006/1298/F can be viewed on the Herefordshire Council web site, if you add your opinion is this issue.


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