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No. 112 - 13th September 2006
Week - [Wilton
Castle Open Day - Wilton Animal Rights Demonstration]
[Herefordshire Art Week]
Drowned - Heading the Field in Physics - JKHS - Theatre - Saturday Night
Open Day at St. Mary's, Kempley - British Legion]
[National Cider Champions - Poetry at Ross Library - Rowing - Rugby]
Fayre - FOD Music Sessions - Weather Station]
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Champions Recognized at Ross Cider Festival
Among the local producers present at the Ross Cider Festival
on the first weekend in September were three CAMRA National
Champions who were presented with their awards by Gillian
Williams, CAMRA Director of Cider & Perry Campaigning.
Gold Perry award was presented to Dave and Fiona Matthews
from Glamorgan for their Seidr Dai Perry and the Silver
Cider award was presented to Steve Burson from Drybrook
for his Harechurch Dry Cider.
Silver Perry award was presented to Mike Johnson from the
Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co Ltd who hosted the Cider Festival
Farm in Peterstow. On presenting the award Gillian Williams
said ‘Mike’s perry has long been acknowledged privately
as something to be savoured and this National Silver Champion
Award confirms to everyone the exceptional quality of this
drink. The judges noted that it was an extremely well made
and well balanced perry which is very drinkable.’
year the Cider Festival was extended to include a celiedh
on Friday night with music from The Poachers who provided
a lively evening with plenty of dancing to open the event
and a Farmers and Craft Market on Sunday to the accompaniment
of some laid back blues music from Steve Page and Will Kileen.
was the traditional ‘meet the cider makers’ day with producers
from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and
Wales in attendance with a selection of their cider and
perry. A full programme of music including Dave Bristow,
Banshee, the Supreme Awesome Dudes, The Blackfoots and Pure
Evil made for a great atmosphere despite the early rain
and lunchtime power failure!
new three day format was voted a great success with enquiries
already coming in about next years event.
photos of Broome Farm Cider Festival can be seen in last
week's issue (No. 111) of Wyenot News.
Phil and Richard serving Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry at the Broome
Farm Festival. DSC_5578
Poetry Packs the Shelves
of lyrics, odes and sonnets will soon have their passion
for poetry satisfied at the Herefordshire libraries. In
answer to demand from the county's readers groups, three
new poetry collections are now available for loan.
a recent survey readers' groups stated they would like to
see more poetry on the shelves. The three new collections
are now available for bookgroups to borrow and can be collected
from any library in the county.
launch the new collections, the libraries are running a
special poetry readers event at Ross Library, in partnership
with the West Midlands Readers' Network.
evening will be led by John Siddique. A lively and exciting
poet, John brings insight, humour and emotion to his exploration
of different ways of looking at poetry. His infectious love
and knowledge of poetry of all kinds can help the audience
decide what to read next and he promises to reveal some
of his own favourite poems.
have generally been taught with the wrong approach to poetry.
They believe they are not clever enough to read it,' says
John. 'Poets could help broaden poetry's appeal by concentrating
on making their work clearer, not clever. I like telling
the truth about things.'
is an evening for everyone - poetry-lovers, people who would
like to read poetry but don't know where to start, even
people who don't think they like poetry at all.
event will take place at Ross Library on Thursday, September
14, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are £2 and include light refreshments
and are available from Ross Library now.
Juniors Impress at Worcester Regatta
On Saturday Ross Rowing Club took its largest ever Junior
Squad to Worcester Sprint regatta. 25 Juniors took part
in some excellent racing. The
Ross Club came second in the victor Ludorum competition
drawing with the likes of Worcester.
Winners on the day were Olivia Baynham Williams who won
open Junior 10 sculls, Rosie Brandram Jones who won open
Junior 12 Sculls, Eleanor Blackwood who won Women's Junior
13 sculls, Rosie Lindley and Kelly Morris who won Women's
Junior 13 double sculls and Women's Junior 14 double sculls.
wins were supported by some exceptionally competitive racing
from the rest of the squad. Fiona Rogoff rowed brilliantly
only to be beaten in the final of women's novice sculls.
Dan Hunt and Dan Moran lost by just 1ft in the open Junior
15 double sculls. The Women's Junior 15 quad of Georgina
Watling, Hannah Lewis, Hannah Jones and Jasmin Brandram
Jones lost by 2ft and worked through to their respective
semi finals with new partners including Jessica Preece and
Emily Preece. Dan Ruck rowed particularly strongly in the
boys j15 event. Chris Jones won through to his semi final
in men's novice sculls. Scot Morris was Ross's youngest
ever competitor at 8 years old and rowed brilliantly in
his final of Junior 10 sculls.
Jones, again rowed superbly in the Junior 12 semi final.
The most attractive race of the day was the final of women's
Junior 13 single sculls, which had 3 Ross rowers, Lucy Jones,
Eleanor Blackwood, Morgan Baynham William competing fiercely
for the honours. This event attracted huge attention with
novice to world champion rowers all stopping to admire the
quality and precision of the Ross Juniors.
success of the Junior Academy is quite unprecedented and
it is attracting admiration from many other rowing clubs
that are potentially much bigger than Ross. The Academy
has now many offers from other clubs wishing to do combined
training sessions and share in the best practice which is
being delivered at the Ross Club.
the senior side, the men's squad competed in 6 finals and
did not convert one into a win. The Mens Senior 3 crew of
Borris Darcy, Graham Watling, Jeremy Kelk, Howard Colley
coxed by Sheron Dean Lucas came closest . They were unlucky
to dead heat in their final only to loose the rerow. Jeremy
Kelk rowed fantastically well in the final of the Senior
4 single sculls, only to be beaten on the line.
again the Ross club showed its strength in depth over the
event. It is now back to winter training in preparation
to achieve new heights next year.
in action at Worcester.
showing his skills.
Gloucester Division 2 League Match. Old Elizabethans
28 Ross on Wye 18
August's pre-season games complete, September brought with
it a new league campaign and a new league for Ross. Their
first Gloucester 2 encounter was an away fixture against
Old Elizabethan's Bristol.
to a higher division can always bring with it a sense of
trepidation and unsurity and this was born out during the
first 20 minutes of the game. Ross started slow and the
home team took advantage immediately. After the ball went
loose in the midfield, their fullback collected it, cutting
outside the Ross defence before feeding his No 14, who cut
inside to score under the posts. The try was converted,
leaving Ross 7-0 with the league season less than 10 minutes
old. Things then went from bad to worse with Joe Gittins
being sin binned. Adversity
however seemed to work in Ross's favour and through some
direct forward play they began to get themselves back into
the game. With the Ross back row of Craig Creed and Gavin
Oates securing good ball and Joe Gittins, Dave Mince and
Tara Barnett delivering the hard yards, the Elizabethan
defence began to creak and they resorted to infringing in
an effort to deny Ross crossing their line. Chris Gage was
successful with two out of three and Ross went into the
break 7-6 down.
start of the second half mirrored the first, with Elizabethan's
starting the strongest. With their back three getting early
ball they began to stretch the Ross defence. However as
in the first half, Elizabethan's crossed the line within
the first 10 minutes to stretch their lead to 14-6. With
less than half an hour remaining Ross began to introduce
some urgency into proceedings and were putting the Elizabethan
8 under severe pressure. After a messy lineout, Wayne Williams
went through on the loose ball, sending the ball deep into
the twenty two. From the ensuing foot race, Hugh Bellamy
controlled the ball to score. Ross were now back within
3 points 14-11. With twenty minutes to go, Ross just needed
to maintain territorial advantage and the game was theirs.
However, Elizabethan's pounced on every Ross error, sending
the ball wide to their pacy outside backs. This lifted the
pressure on Elizabethan's enough for them to add another
try, giving them a 21-11 lead. This was compounded by Ross's
captain and scrum half leaving the field injured. However,
in Andy Hunt they found an able deputy with 15 minutes to
go. Ross came back hard at Elizabethans with Matt Jones
and Richard Russell working hard in the loose and Alistair
Rees punching big holes in their midfield defence. Ross
were on the front foot after some pick and drives from Matt
Redman, then Tara Barnett and Andy Hunt moved the ball quickly
right. Chay Brine fed Chris Gage, who dummied a pass to
Wayne Bishop before cutting inside to score under the posts.
With 5 minutes remaining the score was 21-18 and a grandstand
finish beckoned. Ross pushed hard for that winning score.
Dan Weston ran hard from deep and the forwards continued
to pressure the Elizabethan 8, however to no avail and in
the final play of the game Elizabethan's crossed giving
a final score of 28-18.
Saturday Ross have a break from league action, taking on
Cainscross away in the cup. Kick off is at 3:00 pm and all
support is welcome.
for the Day
On Wednesday of this week, Tina had to go on a course for
her work near Cardiff, so when I drove her there, Matt came
with me and the two of us escaped for the day.
and I continued on to Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula,
a hiding place we have been visiting whenever possible for
the past twenty years. It was a grey, overcast day, there
was absolutely nobody else around and we had a fantastic
day, sat in a cave watching the sea and discussing life.
is no reason for this small article other than that it was
just great to get away from work / people for the day and
do nothing. I hope we will do it more often.
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