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Issue No. 158 - Wednesday, 1st August 2007
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Page 1 [Ross Carnival will go ahead as planned]
Page 2 [Folk Night at Broome Farm - What's Happening in Ross - Congratulations Amy - Floyd at the Bandstand]
Page 3 [The Kiss Brothers (Tina Dancing) - Happy Birthday Chris and Chris]

Page 4

[Herefordshire Haddock - The Hildersley Flasher - Time Lapse River Wye]
Page 5 [CHAOS at Ross Market - Woman assaulted in Brookend Street]
Page 6 [Summer Garden Party at the Old Court - Man attacked in Three Crosses Close - Letters]
Page 7 [Leading up to Carnival Day - Stereo Stolen - Readers' Flood Photos - Death of Leonard Casciani]
Page 8 [Bands in the Park - Whitchurch Burglary - Castles and Forts - Free hearing check - Weather]
Page 9 [[News from around Herefordshire]

One of the events definitely not to be missed this weekend is the Grand Folk Night, which will take place at Broome Farm, Peterstow this coming Friday. The doors and the bar open at 6 PM and some great entertainment has been organized at this lovely (my personal favourite) venue.

The dulcet tones of Louise Richardson will echo through the barn on Friday. Louise plays in a covers duo, The Accord with her brother but also performs as a solo artist. I have heard her CD and I'm certain that those attending the folk night will agree that Louise has a fabulous voice. Compost Heap are also performing at Broome Farm. This group has a fantastic repertoire of sea songs, and songs from the country and they provide an excellent evening of entertainment.

Local favourites, The Supreme, Awesome Dudes will also be entertaining with their great range of acoustic roots music and occasionally amusing material. All in all this should prove to be a great night out - as every event at Broome Farm does. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door or by telephoning 01989 562824 or emailing

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What's Happening in Ross This Week?

This week there are so many events to choose from. Please note however, that they appear in this article in the order that they are due to take place and not in order of preference. As we all know it is carnival week this week and events have already been going on, leading up to the big day itself with a couple more still left to go, but to begin with, this week:

At sunrise, 07:45 on Wednesday 1st August, Scouts world-wide will be renewing their promise with local scouts renewing theirs at Ross Market House. Anybody who is or who has ever been involved in the scouting movement is welcome to go along and take part. Please contact Robin Shaw by email for further information.

For those who like to rise a little later, a special Carnival Prize Bingo Night will be taking place at The Prince of Wales. Eyes down at 7:30 pm.

Ross Library is holding an activity session on Thursday as part of Herefordshire Libraries 'Big Wild Read' event. Children between the ages of four and twelve years are welcome to go along between the hours of 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM to create their own colourful plant pots. Children under the age of five must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Tickets cost £1 and are available from Ross Library. Telephone 01432 383230 if you would further information.

There are two events taking place at Goodrich Castle on Thursday; A Bowman's Tale and a performance of The Merchant of Venice, which will be repeated on Friday. We do not have the times of these events but if you would like to attend, please contact the castle direct on 01600 890538, saying that you found out about the events on Wyenot News..

If you are over 30, free and single you may like to attend a speed dating dinner event that is being held at Wilton Court Hotel on Thursday evening. This event begins at 7:30 PM Please contact Jan Ball on 08452 2303199 if you would like to attend.

There are several events to choose from on Friday, beginning with the Farmers' Market at Ross Market House. While you are there, why not drop in to the Heritage Centre and take a look at the exhibition of art by the Goodrich Village Art Club? The exhibition runs until Monday 3rd September.

During the evening there is the Grande Folk Night taking place at Broome Farm from 6 PM, featuring, Louise Richardson, Compost Heap and the Supreme, Awesome Dudes. The Hope & Anchor are also putting on live entertainment, which begins at 8:30 PM and popular local artist Andy Margrett will be performing

The Red Lion, Peterstow are holding their Beer and Music festival this weekend too, running from Friday until Sunday with lots of great bands performing, including the Dandelion Killers. There will be several real ales and ciders available as well as terrific food.

Saturday 4th August is Carnival Day. This is one of the biggest events of the year and is guaranteed to offer a fun packed day out for all. There is a bigger than ever procession of floats, belly dancers, a falconry display, lots of stalls, games and side-shows and much more. The procession will leave the Ashburton Industrial Estate at 1 PM, making its lively, colourful way to the Carnival site via Morrisons roundabout, Cantilupe Road, Gloucester Road, Broad Street, Millpond Street, Morrison's roundabout, Cantilupe Road, Gloucester Road, High Street, Wilton Road and finally Wye Street, where participants will disembark and make their way to the Carnival Site, which due to the recent flooding will be at Wilton Road Car Park this year. See you there!!

If, after all the excitement of the Carnival you still find yourself wanting more, Ross Live! festival begins with its opening concert of classical music at St. Mary's Church from 7:30 PM Alternatively, you may like to go along to the Yew Tree Inn at Longhope and watch fantastic local rock band The Zebras perform from 8:30 PM

The entertainment at the Prince of Wales on Saturday will be provided by Radioactive, beginning at 9 PM

Sundays 'Bands in the Park' entertainment will be provided by Bream Silver Band and will begin at 2 PM at the Bandstand in the Caroline Symonds Gardens, by the river side.

A series of Ross Live! events will be taking place at Ross Baptist Church during the coming week. Sunday will see comedy and music provided by the 'New Rope String Band' who will begin their performance at 7:30 PM

On Monday the Baptist Church will be hosting another Ross Live! event, 'Of Time and Tide' an evening of folk music performed by Steve Ashley and Dick Cadbury, beginning at 7:30 PM

If you are looking for something to do on Tuesday lunchtime, between 1 PM and 2 PM, soprano, Jennifer Walker will be performing a programme of songs by Mozart, Strauss and Faure at Ross Baptist Church. Jennifer will also be performing a selection of songs in Welsh.

The White Lion Inn, Wilton.
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Congratulations Amy!

Bridstow CE Primary School held it's traditional Leavers' Service at St. Bridget's Church in Bridstow on Friday 20 July 2007. This is always a happy but emotionally charged time as the School looks back and celebrates the successes of the previous school year as well as sending Year 6 off to their high schools in September.

Friday started with a difference as, due to torrential rain, the school had to hire coaches to transport the children from the school to the church. The Headteacher, Mr Sockett, started the service by reminding children and parents how last year the service had to be kept short as the temperatures inside the Church were too high!

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Each of the Year 6 children talked about their memories of Bridstow School, with their high-points being football and cricket clubs, trips to Redridge and they also made a poster of what they were thankful for, which ranged from the computers in school to their Mum and Dad.

As always at Bridstow, the children sang beautifully and, after the hymns, it was time for Mr Sockett to present the prizes. There are a number of prizes and trophies given out at Bridstow. Some are for academic work, for maths, reading, writing and science and these are awarded to both KS1 and KS2 children. Other awards are made to children who have made most progress and also to children who have had the least absence. There are also trophies for football and other sports activities.

Amy King has been at Bridstow for two years. Although a very friendly and lively person, Amy has more than her fair share of problems and struggles both physically and with her learning. Throughout her time at Bridstow, she has been supported by Teaching Assistants who have worked hard to help her achieve her best, despite the odds sometimes being stacked against her. Amy had never eaten "proper" food before coming to Bridstow. Her diet consisted entirely of custard, yoghurt and dry toast. As she leaves the school, and thanks entirely to the support of Mr Sockett and his staff along with some peer pressure from Poppy, Dee and Beth, Amy now eats carrots, sweetcorn, cabbage, pasta, broccolli, Yorkshire puds and cake. What nine years of Speech Therapy and nutritional advice couldn't achieve, Bridstow School managed in two!

At the Leavers' Service, Amy was one of the pupils leaving Bridstow as she is going to Barrs Court in September. Amy's parents attended the service, never expecting that Amy would receive an award, simply because when children like Amy integrate into a mainstream school, there should not be any expectation that rules will be 'bent' but that all of the children will be treated equally.

Mr Sockett had decided that the Sports Cup would, this year, be awarded for Swimming. There are a lot of excellent swimmers at Bridstow, some of the children charging up and down the pool faster than you can run, and so speculation was rife as to who would win the trophy. However, Mr Sockett explained that it was not always being the best in life that was the most important thing. Sometimes the most important thing was how brave a person was and how hard they tried, even if they only managed to achieve a standard far lower than other people. He then said that he was going to award the trophy to someone who had faced a battle just to take their feet off the bottom of the pool but who had then gone on to achieve both their red and green swimming badges for swimming a width and a length of the pool.

This person was Amy King and the decision was met with loud applause, as well as a tear or two. Amy's parents are obviously thrilled that their daughter's achievements have been marked in this very special way. Mr & Mrs King said that 'Bridstow is an excellent school. It is family-orientated, caring, supportive and nurturing. It is a school where every child really does matter.'

If they do have a criticism, it is that Mr Sockett does not like 'blowing his own trumpet', and so they would like to publicly thank Mr Sockett and the staff at Bridstow, especially Amy's Class 4 Teacher, Mr. Pullen and her Teaching Assistants Mrs. Emma Davis and Mrs. Barbara Tonkins.


At long last, there is to be an afternoon and evening of music at Ross Bandstand, which should appeal to a much wider audience.

The event will take place on Saturday, 11th August, commencing at 2:00 PM The full line-up of bands will be published as soon as confirmed but currently, we at Wyenot News know of the Dandelion Killers and Totem Pole.

Totem Pole will begin their set, which consists of the whole of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' album at 10:00 PM

This is the type of event which Ross needs, with all the good stuff happening around and about in other towns. A festival is something which should have true 'wide appeal' and be for everybody.

Pink Floyd have been my favourite band since my school days and I am really looking forward to Saturday, 11th August and Totem Pole's interpretation of their most well known (not necessarily their best) album. In my personal opinion, their best albums were, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Wish You Were Here, with 'Shine on you Crazy Diamond', for my all time musical hero, Syd Barrett. Dark Side - still brilliant comes in fourth.

I will definitely be spending the whole day covering the event!

Music at the Bandstand in 2005. DSC_8429


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