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Issue No. 124 - 6th December 2006
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They're switched on at The Gresleys

The Gresleys, an ordinary street in Ross with a great community spirit officially switched on the Christmas lights on their houses last Saturday evening. The signal for the big switch on was given by fireworks at 6:30 pm and during the evening, money was raised for Macmillan, which will go towards the building of a very much needed new oncology unit in Hereford hospital.

I shall be photographing individually lit up houses all around Ross over the next two weeks for Wyenot News but to start with, below are some photos from Saturday's big switch on at the Gresleys.

The Gresleys residents always provide a fantastic display of lights at Christmas, which are appreciated by adults and children alike all over Ross, who like to visit and see them. One thing upset me on Saturday evening though. Two different residents, whom I shall not name, approached me whilst I was photographing the Gresleys lights just to boast, 'This street well outshines the town centre,' or words to that effect.

Getting one up on the town centre does not seem very much like the true spirit of Christmas to me. The town centre might not be visible from space but those who have contributed their time and provided electricity have also done their bit to make Ross a nicer place in which to live or visit and I am pleased that most of the houses in the Gresleys are lit up for the right reason. Well done to all the others!

John and Barbara Lewis, Mervyn Brian and Mayor, Phil Cutter, who kindly came along to support the event. Ref: DSC_0161

Snow men at No. 11 The Gresleys. Ref: DSC_0169

A view of the street just after switch-on. Even the moon and stars came out to play for the evening. Ref: DSC_0191

Upton Bishop Christmas Fayre

Children gathered outside the Millennium Hall at Upton Bishop on Saturday to greet Father Christmas, who arrived on a pony and trap. On arrival, Santa was given a glass of mulled wine for himself and his pony was given carrots.

Father Christmas worked very hard all morning chatting and giving gifts to over thirty five children, who visited him in his colourful grotto, specially made for him by Steph Hay.

The Christmas Fayre included many stalls selling home-made cakes, preserves, cards and toys. Many of the villagers enjoyed a mince pie and a coffee.

The overall winner of the children's fancy dress competition was Bridie Stevenson but all children who took part received a medal and a prize.

1,400.00 was raised for church funds during the course of the morning.

Santa arrives in Upton Bishop and Steph Hay gives his pony a carrot. Ref: DSC_0029

Children greet Santa on his arrival. Ref: DSC_0033

Santa's Grotto. Ref: DSC_0039

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Organizers Di Buckley, Steph Hay and Marjorie Davies. Ref: DSC_0046

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