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No. 124 - 6th December 2006
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Sports Cars at the Royal
of 'Taffmog', the South Wales centre of the Morgan Sports
Car Club held their Christmas Weekend meeting at the Royal
Hotel in Ross between Friday 1st and Sunday 3rd December.
Seventy eight members of the club came to Ross-on-Wye for
the special event, which was organized by Keith Glover of
Bailey Lane End.
Royal Hotel was an impressive sight on Sunday morning with
thirty six Morgan Sports Cars ranging fro 1972 to 2006 vintage
parked outside. Despite very heavy rain showers, many drivers
braved the weather and left for the arranged Sunday excursion
to Eastnor Castle with the top off.
Williams from Hereford. Ref: DSC_0341
Keith Glover at the Royal Hotel. Ref: DSC_0347
and Annie Knight from Aylesbury visited Ross for the weekend. Ref:
Band Visits Ross Garden Store
Town Band played Christmas carols for customers visiting
Garden Store on Saturday afternoon, creating
a Christmas atmosphere for those shopping for Christmas
trees and presents.
was the first of two performances by the band, so if you
missed them on Saturday you will have another chance to
enjoy carols at the store on Sunday, 17th December. Ross
Choral Society will also be providing Christmas entertainment
at the store with two performances, details of which can
be found on the 'What's
On?' page of Wyenot News.
Town Band on Saturday. Ref: DSC_0082
Thomas, Janet Auty, Bob Stephenson, Alison Stephenson and Alex Thomson
enjoying the carols on Saturday.
a Christmas Tree. Ref: DSC_0075
Helping the Homeless
November the children from Ross Quaker Meeting have been
learning about homelessness. At their first meeting on the
subject they gathered large cardboard boxes and newspapers
and constructed a 'cardboard city' in the garden. A couple
of benches were used as extra beds, while some of the children
curled up in boxes using newspapers and dust sheets as 'blankets'.
they were all cold (less than half an hour later) they were
taken into the Meeting House and given a hot drink while
they talked about the needs of people who had no homes and
were forced to live on the streets with only things they
could gather for protection. The children's ages ranged
from three to teenagers, and for the small ones this was
a new concept and much talked about afterwards.
the day before the Advent Market they went on to have a
'Making & Baking Day' when a large banner declaring "QUAKER
HOMELESS ACTION" was produced, cards were cut up for gift
tags and biscuits were baked. The adults of the meeting
contributed craft and gift items for sale and Christmas
cards were purchased from the Whitechapel Mission, a Methodist
charity caring for homeless people. At the market the children
were in the market place - sampling the goods from their
own and other stalls, and puzzling about how much change
to give to customers.
the end of the morning £70.30 was raised for Quaker Homeless
Action. This was supplemented by another sale at a coffee
morning in the Meeting House on Saturday 2nd December. As
one of their regular appeals, Quakers locally are collecting
money for Quaker Homeless Action during November and December.
This charity, set up in 1967 is run by volunteers (not all
of whom are Quakers) and funded almost entirely by Quaker
Meetings throughout Britain. It seeks to address the problem
of homelessness, mainly in London where it is a very big
this year an 'Open Christmas' has been held, but for various
reasons this has not been possible this year and volunteers
are using this as an opportunity to reflect on the best
ways to help to meet the needs of those suffering in this
way. Homeless people are indeed homeless all the time, and
not just at Christmas. As for the children who were involved
in this project, they have had an experience to remember
and to reflect upon at this time of the year when we are
remembering another homeless family who had to resort to
giving birth in a stable.
Quakers Jane Turnball and Julia Richardson with children, Cathie
and Charlie Thornley, Henry and Isobel Wadge,
Rose Addison and Emily Barbow. Ref: DSC_9814
'Traidcraft' coffee morning was held at The Friends Meeting
House, Ross-on-Wye on Saturday 2nd December. Traidcraft
was established in 1979 as a Christian response to fight
poverty through trade. Through helping people to help themselves
it is hoped to break the cycle of poverty and despair.
people have skills and abilities, but often lack opportunities.
Through helping them to gain a fair share of the benefits
of trade they can have a better future for themselves, their
families and their communities. Traidcraft seeks to promote
fair trade in this country by selling the products of thousands
of craft workers and farmers across 30 countries in Africa,
Asia and Latin America. In addition they offer support to
them through training, consultancy and information, enabling
people to grow their businesses. They also campaign to influence
the policies of governments and big businesses.
In the early days sales in this country were mainly through
volunteers in Church organizations who ran small stalls,
selling the products to members of their congregations and
others. It was always the aim that this would develop so
that mainstream shops and supermarkets would become involved
and in 1992 the Fairtrade Foundation was launched and they
launched the Fairtrade logo. Now it is possible to buy not
just tea and coffee, but biscuits, breakfast cereals, fruit,
flowers and many other products in shops and supermarkets
everywhere. There are, however, still Traidcraft volunteers
- now called "fair traders" who run stalls and events in
Churches and elsewhere.
in Ross there are two regular events. On the first Saturday
of the month from 10 am - 12 noon there is a coffee morning
at the Friends Meeting House, Brampton Street, and on the
last Saturday a similar event at Christ Church Edde Cross
Street. Here you will be able to browse and buy products,
pick up information, order from catalogues and meet friendly
people whilst sampling a cup of fairly-traded tea or coffee.
Alms Houses, Ross-on-Wye. Ref: DSC_7301 25th December 2004.
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