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No. 129 - 10th January 2007
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[Local Satellite Navigation Thefts - Ryefield New Year - Macmillan
In The Birches - Peace Poster Contest - Nature Photos]
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Macmillan in the Birches
they have done so well this year with their fund-raising
in the Birches area, Chris and Peter Dowsett thought they
would round off with a raffle with one of their famous 4kg
(8 1/2lbs) home-made, marzipanned, iced and decorated Christmas
cakes as first prize.
of additional prizes were donated to make the event into
a grand draw, which took place on December 23rd where the
Macmillan County Organizer, Peter Rowland made the draw
at Wormelow Post Office and Stores.
ever, Chris and Peter have made a tremendous effort and
on this occasion raised over £500, which will all go towards
the Macmillan-Renton appeal,' said Peter Rowland.
and Peter would like to extend their thanks to all the people
who donated prizes and bought tickets, and especially to
Tena and Steve Gilbert for offering the facilities of their
village shop for selling tickets and making the draw.
Happy new year to you all!
and Peter Dowsett, Ross-on-Wye Macmillan Fund-raising Committee
with Peter Rowland making the draw.
your new sat nav safe and sound!
warning comes from West Mercia Constabulary.
who have been lucky enough to receive a satellite navigation
system for Christmas - or are taking advantage of the New
Year sales to buy one - are being advised to make sure they
think about their car security at the same time.
nav systems (and especially the portable varieties) are
prime targets for criminals who will think nothing of smashing
a window to make a grab for valuables left in an unattended
vehicle. What is more, the whole theft could be over in
just a few seconds.
there have been several such incidents across the county
since Christmas, with cars broken into in Hereford City
centre car parks and at Holmer. In each case sat nav systems,
which had been left in unattended cars, were stolen.
who target vehicles tend to be opportunistic in nature,'
said PC Charles Naylor, Herefordshire Division's Crime Risk
Manager. 'If they can see CDs or a satellite navigation
system on the dashboard or expensive stereos still in place,
they are much more likely to strike and your valuables can
be gone in a matter of seconds.'
it doesn't have to be like that. You can significantly reduce
the chance of your vehicle being targeted by taking a few
and remove your sat nav every time you leave your car.
any suction mounting fittings and erase marks from the
store sat navs in glove compartments - thieves may be
mark the equipment with an ultraviolet marker and keep
a note of the serial number in a safe place.
in a well-lit, busy area or a secure car park.
you help with information please?
bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,
some time between 10:00 pm on Saturday, 6th January and
10:45 am on Sunday, 7th January, somebody threw a sandstone
rock through my car window. A Garmin satellite navigation
device was stolen from the car, which was parked in the
drive of my Hillview Road home at the time (drive entrance
on Three Crosses Road).
of my neighbours heard a group of youths making a lot of
vocal noise in the street at around 1:30 am on the Sunday
and I am guessing that this was deliberate, to mask the
sound of the breaking glass. Unfortunately, although we
were up at that time as I had been taking photos until 10:00
and needed to relax before bed. I was playing my guitar
in the living room and we had a tumble drier running in
the kitchen and had shut the door to escape the droning
motor noise. This also, through pure bad luck, shuts out
all sound from the area where my car was parked.
you have any information about this incident, or if you
hear of anybody offering a Garmin sat nav for sale locally,
would you please call me on 01989 763217 or contact PC2211,
Terry at Ross Police Station on 08457 444888 Ext 4417.
I do not know the exact model of Garmin sat nav taken as
I used it often but never really studied it that closely.
The annual map update is due however so when you turn it
on, it pops up a message to this effect. And, of course
my home address and family locations in Essex are programmed
into the 'favourite locations' section. This might help
cost to myself caused by this incident is £60.00 excess
on the windscreen insurance, £200 for the sat nav
device because it is not worth losing my NCD over plus a
great deal of inconvenience with business and family hospital
appointments, for which I need the car.
look on the bright side: at least one member of the
local IQ Zero Brigade (a relatively small percentage
of the Ross-on-Wye population as a whole) will have made
twenty or thirty quid out of it! And if he/she gets caught,
they might even end up becoming a 'man of letters', gaining
the professional qualification: ASBO. I believe that most
teams recruiting for an armed blag or major drug import
require a minimum educational standard from applicants of
at least two ASBOs and a suspended sentence these days.
Link Celebrate The New Year
Ellis enjoys his work with the waste management team from
the Ryefield Centre so much that he organized a New Year
party for his colleagues, which was held at The Prince of
Wales on Saturday 6th January. Simon can be seen in the
photograph below with some of his friends and DJs Julian
and John of Wyenet Disco, who provided their entertainment
for the evening.
the photograph from left to right are David, Simon, Mark,
Andrew, DJ John, Jenny and DJ Julian.
International Peace Poster Contest Winners
2007 the Lions Clubs International celebrates the 20th Anniversary
of the Peace Poster Competition. In the meantime the John
Kyrle High School took part in the 2006 contest with around
160 pupils from year 8 submitting entries. The contest is
part of the schools curriculum and, with the aid of the
Ross-on-Wye Lions club, they have taken part now for several
years, competing against more than 300,000 young people
from all over the world, every year.
entries were judged in November by four judges, including
artists Steven Outram from Lydbrook and David Ochiltree
from Gloucester as well as non-artists, Councillor Joyce
Thomas and Ross Lions president, Brian Goodfellow. All said
the turnout was fantastic and the standard was excellent.
much deliberation a short list was selected. The winner
was picked by vote and 13 year old Nathan Shipton of St.
Weonard's was the eventual winner. The next two posters
came so close that it was decided to make them joint second
with no third place. In joint second place were 12 year
old Caroline Hartland of Much Birch and 12 year old Julia
Ormerod of Wormelow. At the John Kyrle High School Annual
Prize Giving Ceremony on the 20th December 2006 the president
of the Ross Lions Club, Brian Goodfellow presented the winner
with a cash prize of £30, a beautiful plaque and a certificate.
winners of joint second place were each presented with a
cash prize of £20 plus a certificate.
winning poster then went on to the second round of the contest,
which took place at Frome in Somerset. Unfortunately, Caerphilly
won this round so the Ross entry did not proceed any further.
The Caerphilly entry now goes on to the national round in
London and should it win, would then go on to the international
finals in New York at the United Nations Buildings. Whoever
wins the final gets an all paid for trip to New York which
includes parents. The Ross Lions and the John Kyrle High
School wish them the best of luck.
the presentation to the winners of the Peace Poster Competition
the Ross Lions president, Brian Goodfellow, presented a
cheque for £250 to the Head of Art, Neil Carroll. This money
is to be spent on materials for the Arts Department.
Nathan Shipton receiving his plaque from the Ross Lions President,
Seconds Caroline Hartland and Julia Ormerod receiving their prizes.
Arnison's Nature Photography
you to Mike for sending in the two beautiful photographs
below. Referring to the top photo of Forest of Dean deer,
Mike said, 'I got this today, I have been looking for the
large deer since mid November. They were about 150 metres
away and I was in the middle of a firebreak when they came
to the edge of it. I sat straight down when I saw them in
the wet grass and managed to ease the camera out of my backpack,
set it up on the tripod and photographed them for about
fifteen minutes before they and some does moved off.'
bottom photograph is of a pair of coots, bathing in a Forest
of Dean lake.
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