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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 157 - Wednesday, 25th July 2007
Barrie Moore's Suzuki Group at Brampton Abbotts School
just two terms of learning to play violin or cello by the
Suzuki Method with Barrie Moore, all of Year One at Brampton
Abbotts gave a concert to the whole school on Thursday,
19th July. The children demonstrated how to take the violin
from the rest position to its playing position under the
chin, and played several pieces using up to three fingers
on all four strings. They
swapped around, with one child bowing the instrument which
was held and fingered by another.
child learns at their own pace,' said Barrie Moore. 'There
is no rivalry; we all come together to make music and some
will learn faster than others. You have all come a long
way in the short time we have been together and I have great
hopes for the future.'
Symonds, director of Ross Live! who have sponsored the programme,
said: 'It has been hugely rewarding to see how you have
all taken to this. These first two terms have shown that
you wanted it and that it was needed. Without this, we would
never be able to raise funding for the future, but now I
am confident we shall be able to carry on with the programme
next year and, I hope, beyond.'
involvement is an important element in the Suzuki Method
and five Brampton Abbotts mums are learning alongside their
children. The project has been funded to date by the Fred
Bulmer Foundation and Ross Live! as part of its outreach
programme to schools and young people.
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A Personal Account of the July Flood
by Julianne King
Friday, 20th July 2007 was a date long ago engraved in our
daughter's mind. This was the day she left primary school
AND the day new Harry Potter book came out!! The
date is now engraved on a lot more people's minds for an
entirely different reason, as being the date that the rain
simply didn't stop and the waters rose.
promised our daughter that, if she could stay up until midnight,
she could go into Ross to WH Smiths and collect her Harry
Potter book then. Against our expectations, she was still
wide-eyed and bushy-tailed at 11.30pm and so off we went
into town to queue in the rain.
our daughter now clutching her precious book and holding
tight onto her purple 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'
balloon, we walked back down Broad Street to where we had
parked the car.
car pulled up alongside us and a chap wound his window down
to ask us if we knew anywhere where they could spend the
night. They had been stuck on the M5 for over 5 hours, trying
to get home from Cornwall to Scotland and had been directed
down the M50 by the emergency services only to find that
Ross was the end of the road with all suitable routes out
of the town flooded.
had been told that 'Ross Leisure Centre' was open and so
we drove, with them following, to two places we thought
might fit this bill but neither was open. In the end, as
it was past 1am, we invited them home with us. At least
it was warm and dry! So a family of four, two of them small
children, spent the night in our conservatory on our sofa
bed and on camping beds.
next morning, they talked about the lack of information
from the emergency services and the very scary moment that
they had been directed to drive through the opened central
reservation and into the torrent of water flowing along
the M5. The advice they had been given was not to stop and
to keep their revs. up!! At
the end of the M50 they had been told to head for 'Ross
Leisure Centre' but were not given any actual directions
or landmarks etc. They arrived in Ross to find the town
in darkness and we had been the first people they had spotted.
that evening, we had set out to try and 'rescue' some of
our staff stuck in a factory in Ledbury, only to find the
road flooded at Much Marcle. As we drove back to Ross we
were astonished to see drivers coming up towards the 'Travellers
Rest' roundabout and simply being directed away from the
they were then heading up towards Much Marcle, hoping to
join the M50 after Ledbury. The
police seemed to be unaware that the road at Much Marcle
what is needed is a Community Plan for situations such as
this. Some sort of plan that everyone knows about or knows
where they can ring for advice. A designated building needs
to be opened and signposted, so that residents can volunteer
to help and drivers know where to go.
we were able to do 'our bit' we felt awful that Ross didn't
appear to have a community centre open and that, if there
was, as residents here, we didn't know where to direct this
family to. Maybe we can open a discussion about this and
either make existing plans clearer and more widely known
or come up with a plan for such eventualities?
Animal Encounters at Ross Library
between the ages of four and twelve visited Ross Library
on Monday, meeting with an armadillo, a meerkat and even
a skunk! The event was so popular that several sessions
had to be arranged.
went along to one of the afternoon 'encounters' where Stephen
met with a meercat, Hannah and Ethan held a skunk and Grace,
an armadillo. Our friend, the now world famous Amy King
was also there and met up with two owls, 'Little' and 'Snowy'
Encounters' was taken to Ross Library by Trevor Hill, who
comes from between Tenbury Wells and Bromyard (two very
flooded areas) and is currently visiting Herefordshire Libraries
as part of the 'Big Wild Read' programme of events.
Stephen, Hannah and Grace hold a meercat, a skunk and an armadillo.
Hannah and Ethan with a skunk. DSC_9320
holds 'Tiny', the owl. Ref: DSC_9347
with the armadillo. Ref: DSC_9335
Trevor Hill introduces Tiny to Amy. DSC_9348
Happy 21st Birthday Vanessa
wishes to Vanessa Taylor who celebrated her 21st birthday
on Tuesday 24th July. 'Wyenot News' was previously
informed by Vanessa's parents that she was in for a big
surprise at her birthday party which was held at The Plough
Inn, Overross on Saturday evening.
oblivious to what was in store, Vanessa danced away to the
great music of Double Barrel with mum Vicky and family friend
Julie, when she was suddenly confronted by a fireman. We
cannot print what Vanessa actually said once she realized
that this particular 'fireman' was about to take all of
his clothes off, but we can tell you that she certainly
was surprised to say the least.
Vanessa had recovered from the shock, she seemed to really
enjoy the 'entertainment' that her parents had organized
for her and judging from the cat calls from other quarters,
so did everyone else.
Vanessa with proud mum, Vicky and dad, Steve. DSC_9300
Fireman Sam begins to lose control of his hose as he dances for
The Vine Tree Inn plays host to an auction in aid of Barrs
special auction was held at the Vine Tree Inn on Saturday
and many people kindly donated lots to be auctioned off.
The auction was held to boost funds for a hydrotherapy pool
to be installed at Barrs Court School. The organizers of
this event have also raised money with a skittles night
and one of the pub's regulars invited lots of people along
to a barbecue, charging them for the privilege. Unfortunately
I was unable to stay for the whole auction but will hopefully
be able to publish the sum raised in next week's issue of
Belinda Holdsworth, Brett Stevenson, Terry Lacey, Shai Hardwick
and Gwen Hail, from the Hydrosense Appeal. DSC_9157
Some of the lots donated for auction. DSC_9161
Getting ready to Bid. DSC_9163
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