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No. 101 - 28th June 2006
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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.
the photo, Chris Brooke, Poppie Higgins, Callum Trotman,
Georgia Hockenhull, Emily Rudge and David Tookey can be
seen at school with their bears.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
more information, or if you would like to make a contribution
to the centenary fund, you are welcome to visit the web
site at www.fany.org.uk
on the Landscape
Local businessman, Patrick Gething Lewis is heading a campaign
against an easily avoidable blot on the Herefordshire landscape.
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'.
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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