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News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 132 - 31st January 2007
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Awards at the Old Court
to Victoria and Jono, Gloucester and District Autograss
Club were able to hold their Presentation Evening at the
Court Hotel, Whitchurch on Saturday evening.
local lads came up trumps for the juniors. Following a very
successful season's racing, James Mayo took the first place
trophy, Ryan Taylor 2nd, Josh Morgan 3rd and Dan Rodder
3rd. Encouragement trophies went to Kirstin Lancett and
Tim Creed, who also received the 'Hard Luck' trophy.
Rodder was presented with the Best New Car trophy while
James Mayo made it a hat trick when as well as taking first
prize, he was also awarded the Best Men's Novice Under 21s
and the Junior Champion trophies.
special presentation was also made on the evening to Phil
and Pauline Kent, who retired after 23 years of racing with
the Gloucester Club.
to right: Tim Creed, Dan Rodda, James Mayo, Josh Morgan and Ryan
Taylor. Ref: DSC_3050
Mason wins a first in Class 11b and Pauline Kent was Lady's Champ
in Class 12. Ref: DSC_3061
and Pauline Kent - retiring after 23 years. Ref: DSC_3057
Paskell - ex Vice Chairman presents Rob Walters with a shield for
the Most Travelled car. Ref: DSC_3046
is a non-contact motor-sport that takes place on an oval
440 yard track, on a natural soil surface. Due to the close
nature of the racing, thrills and spills are never far away.
Racing takes place in the various classes with up to 10
cars starting on a straight line grid and racing over short
4-8 lap races.
major meetings, most of which are staged over two days,
offer upwards of 200 races. All classes normally race through
qualifying heats and finals and, if time permits, open races
take place, where different classes race against each other.
social side of the sport is a very large factor in its appeal
and on the Saturday evening of meetings the aroma of barbecue
cooking is hard to escape from as friends from all over
the country meet up. This just seems to emphasize the family
nature of the sport encompassed by the fact that husband,
wife and children can all compete in the same car.
No Autograss event requires competitors to enter prior to
the day and with the exception of the National Championships,
which require qualification / registration, any NASA licence
holder can race at any NASA meeting just by turning up.
licences are available for men, ladies and juniors (12-16
year olds restricted to class 1 cars only) Mechanics and
social licences are also available for those who do not
wish to race but would like to be part of this very affordable
If this very brief tour of the sport has whetted your appetite
then pop along to any of the meetings and speak to the people
there who will be more than happy to give you more information.
Alternatively you could contact any of the club / league
officials or directors and they will also be more than happy
and District Autograss Club look forward to seeing you at
a meeting and will be very surprised if your first meeting
is your last. Race Dates for 2007 are 29th April, 20th May
and 1st July at Pound Farm, Elton Corner, Gloucestershire.
Contact the club's Chairperson, Lisa Paskell on 07717754969
or Secretary, Coralie Mayo on 07980733467 for further information.
told me she liked it . . .
in the year 2001 and again in 2004, I recorded the bells
of St. Mary's, Ross for this web site. The
2004 recording can be found here. Over
the past six years, I have received literally hundreds
of nice emails from all over the world, from people who
have been pleased to have been able to listen to the Bells
of St. Mary's on Wyenot.com.
received the following email today though and thought you
might like to see it:
have just heardthe recording of the bells which if I may
offer an opinion would suggest that the recordist has no
knowledge of his subject. WHAT YOU HAVE RECORDED IS THE
RINGING UP OF THE BELLS. The change ringing, which is what
people want to hear starts only after the bells are up.
It would be nice to hear these bells ringing out as intended.
dear, Mr. Roger A. Clark. I'm
sorry but your name does not ring a bell. Thank you all
the same for your comments, which have been duly noted.
I have obviously dropped a clanger but then, my only bell
ringing experience was gained when I was chosen one day
as 'bell monitor' at school many years ago and had to ring
the bell at 4 o'clock. That particular bell ringing made
a thousand kids in an East London school very happy because
it meant they could go home.
have never actually professed to having even the slightest
knowledge of the subject of church bell ringing. All I did
was the best I could, with my limited recording equipment
and, as you have already gathered, even more limited knowledge
of church bells. I reproduced the sound of the bells as
they are picked up locally by the ears of a Philistine in
campanology terms, such as I. (Actually, I only know the
term,'campanology' as I dabble with cryptic crosswords.
Gun from the German campanologist. 9 letters = DERRINGER)
you are not happy with the result of my recording (which
I really only made to impress Esmeralda), might I make so
bold as to suggest that you visit St. Mary's with some recording
equipment of your own and some truly professional bell ringers.
With your expert knowledge, I am sure that you would be
able to make a recording available with the sound that listeners
would REALLY LIKE tohear.
Alan (Quasi) Wood
Appeal' play commission for Ross Drugs Forum and the Lifebouy
Drugs Forum and The Lifebuoy Trust are pleased to announce
that they have commissioned local playwright Ian Pauley
to write a play. The remit of the commission is to tackle
the communication problems that exist between parents and
their children; problems that encourage children into a
'career' of drug taking.
play, 'Poppy Appeal', will be produced at The Phoenix Theatre
here in Ross. Between now and the first performance a series
of events will take place as part or a campaign to raise
interest and support for the two charities.
Appeal calls for two teenage actors and there will be an
'X-Factor' style audition for the roles of Dean and Angeline.
This will be held after GCSE exams at JKHS. Competing for
the honours will be the drama students from JKHS and members
Cooper MSc, manager of Lifebuoy Trust said, 'Lifebuoy was
established to help people who have been through a life
of misery perpetuated by an addiction to drugs. We do not
make moral judgements as to why they started taking drugs;
we want to help those that want to rejoin mainstream society.
Support for these people is woefully inadequate and, as
things stand we can only help eight people at a time; although
we hope to raise enough money to move into a larger property
where we can help twenty at a time.'
asked how important the play was to the work of Ross Drugs
Forum and Lifebuoy, Jane Pendlebury of Ross Drugs Forum
said, 'we hope that Poppy Appeal will generate a lot more
interest in the work that Ross Drugs Forum does. A lot of
young adults seek refuge in drugs simply because they feel
they are not being listened to and it is this lack of communication
that the play tackles.'
asked what he would like the audiences to go away with Ian
Pauley replied, 'I would like to think that all generations
will question whether their viewpoint is absolutely right.
It is far too easy to become entrenched and see the world
from just your perspective. With a little understanding
and some considered discussion a lot of trouble can be avoided.
I would also like to point out that the play is being made
authentic with the help of Luke, one of the people that
Lifebuoy has helped. Luke will also be co-writing some original
music for the play.'
News will be following the campaign and will print an article
each month reporting on its progress. Poppy Appeal will
run from the 22nd to the 29th of September. The website
address for The Lifebuoy Trust is www.lifebuoy.org.uk and
the website for The Phoenix Theatre can be found at www.the-phoenix-theatre.org.uk.
you would like to make a donation then please send a cheque,
payable to 'The Lifebuoy Trust' to: The Lifebuoy Trust Glen
Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6JJ.
Citizens Enjoy a New Year Lunch
New Year Lunch for Ross senior citizens, many in their 80's
and 90's, was held at the Ryefield Centre on Sunday 28th
January , hosted by New Life Church. During the meal, diners
enjoyed fellowship and a delicious chicken dinner followed
by apple pie and custard.
the coffee and chocolates they joined in a short service,
singing 'Blessed Assurance' and 'What a friend we have in
Jesus'. A wonderful time was had by all.
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