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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 166 - Wednesday, 26th September 2007
15th September 2007 was a special day for Spar shops around
the country as the company celebrated 50 golden years of
Spar convenience stores. The branch in High Street, Ross-on-Wye
was no exception and was bedecked with celebratory banners
and Mervyn Yemm have been running our local Spar shop since
1988, which has since been greatly expanded. They have a
good team of staff, some of which have worked with them
for many years and they were more than happy to join in
the spirit of things by dressing up for the big day.
The Spar shop in High Street, Ross-on-Wye
Becky O'Shea, Linda Morris, Muriel Parker and Mervyn Yemm getting
into the party mood
so good (Tina Dancing)
dressed to visit the Chinese takeaway, went back into dancing
mode on Saturday evening after a break of a couple of weeks
to the music of Sofa at the Prince of Wales. I missed Sofa
last time they played at the venue as I was outside talking
for most of the evening but reports after that event that
they were a great band proved to be true. They were extremely
good, even though most of the music they play '70s and 80s
disco stuff is not the type I would generally go out to
spent the evening chatting with Paul Randell about life,
the universe etc., thinking 'work' only occasionally and
getting up to take the odd photo as our other halves enjoyed
their usual dancing escapades.
after the day, strangely enough, we picked up some Greek
grub rather than Chinese on the way home, having enjoyed
the evening out.
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Coffee Morning for Ross Community Hospital
Community Hospital's League of Friends held a coffee morning
on Saturday, which was well attended and visited Mayor and
Mayoress, Councillor Derek and Mrs. Meryl Bedford.
the morning was a general fund raising event for the hospital,
the League of Friends are hoping to fund equipment for a
new dermatology unit.
the picture are Mayor, Councillor, Derek Bedford, Jill Ursell,
Cicely Symonds, Wendy Ing - Chairman of Ross League of Friends
and Mayoress, Mrs. Meryl Bedford on Saturday morning.
to Ross Enjoy Shopmobility
Shopmobility at Ross-on-Wye was pleased to have its first
visitors from Market Drayton in Shropshire. Mrs Janet M
Malkin and two of her friends, recently spent some time
shopping and having lunch in Ross.
was told about the new shopmobility scheme whilst at work
by someone who lives in Ross,' explained Mrs Malkin, 'and
we thought we would give it a try. I cannot emphasize enough
the benefits of a scheme like this and how it enabled me
to see much more of Ross-on-Wye that I would otherwise have
been unable to, without the use of a scooter. There is plenty
to see here, and we will definitely be back. The service
is excellent, and I wish the new scheme every success in
at Ross is operated by EnviroAbility, a local charity, in
partnership with a number of local community organizations.
The operation runs from the Scout and Guide Hut in Red Meadow
Car Park, along side the Swimming Pool. The service operates
from 10.00am until 4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday.
bookings can be made by telephoning 01989 763388 or by e.mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively customers can turn
up on the day, where they will be welcomed by Victoria Hacker,
or Ivan Rickett.
love to see out of town visitors as well as local residents
using the scheme,' said Ivan., 'This new service opens up
all of the town and the riverside walks to people with mobility
problems who may not have been able to enjoy these facilities
in the past.'
Timber Sponsors Ross RFC
Smith of Walford Timber, this year's main sponsor of Ross
Rugby Football Club officially handed the Club their new
shirts before their league match against Painswick on Saturday
the photo, left to right are Brian Harris, Martyn Pocknell,
George Smith from Walford Timber, Andy Hunt - Club Captain,
who unfortunately is grounded at the moment to a dislocated
shoulder and Dave Cooke, Club President.
Ross Return to Winning Ways; Ross 15 - Painswick 6
After last weeks defeat at home to Longlevens, Ross were
eager to get back to winning ways and after what was a nervous
initial sixty minutes, Ross pulled clear of Painswick to
register their second win in three games.
arrived for Saturday's game unbeaten in Gloucester Division
1 and started the game strongly. However, Ross's defence
was able to quell the initial surge from a confident Painswick
side and slowly began to ease themselves into the game.
With both teams evenly matched in the set piece, territory
became essential as both teams searched for the initial
the game twenty minutes old, it was Ross that opened the
scoring. From a lineout 40 metres out, Matt Jones secured
clean ball and popped the ball off the top of the lineout
to Tara Barnett. With the Painswick defence caught flat
footed, Tara made 15 metres before offloading to Dave Mince
who took the ball deep into the Painswick twenty two. From
the ensuing ruck, Simon Gwynne moved the ball quickly left,
where TC Leech went clear only for the referee to blow for
a Ross penalty. Although denied a try, Alistair Rees converted
the penalty to put Ross 3-0 up. Painswick came back at Ross
in the last 10 minutes before half time and after Ross were
caught offside, the Painswick fullback converted the penalty
to take the sides into half time at 3-3.
the game so tight the third quarter of the match was a nervy
affair, with both sides making too many errors. However,
as the game entered the last quarter, it was Ross that grabbed
hold of the game with the quarter's opening try.
a scrum 10 yards inside the Ross half, Simon Gwynne moved
the ball right to Chay Brine. Seeing the fullback out of
position, he chipped over the top. Ross wing, Luke Gray
hacked on and outpaced the Painswick fullback to score his
first try for Ross. Alistair Rees converted, giving Ross
a 10-3 advantage.
score visibly lifted Ross and they took hold of the game,
denying Painswick territory and possession. As the game
came to a close Ross added another score from a 5 metre
lineout. Ashley Nelms secured the ball and the Ross pack
set up a driving maul, driving Painswick over the line.
The referee awarded a try and as the bodies cleared, Gavin
Oates emerged as the scorer.
week Ross are away to Southmead in Bristol and kick off
is at 3pm.
wish to thank Saturday's match sponsor, Peter Nash Ford
for their support.
Ross 2nds 10 - Ledbury 2nds 20
After two consecutive wins, Ross looked to continue this
early season form in their first league game of the season
away against a strong Ledbury 2nd XV.
kick off, Ross put pressure on the Ledbury pack with K.
Davis, T. Clemence and R. Russell repeatedly putting Ross
into a strong position early on, only for a poor set piece
to let Ross down. As the half progressed, the Ross scrum
improved. With A. Clemence and P. Hazelwood making the hard
yards to give the backs a solid platform to play off and
C. Powell getting quick ball, it seemed only a matter of
time before Ross would turn this pressure into points; but
Ross could not find a killer ball.
mostly defending, Ledbury upped their attacking game for
the last ten, pushing Ross back deep into their own half
then breaking the deadlock with a well worked try and minutes
later kicked a good penalty to lead 8 - 0 at half time.
second half started how the first finished; with Ledbury
dominating territory and scoring a converted try early on.
Ross briefly rallied winning a penalty, which was converted
by G. Holdsworth before, once again, being pinned back into
their own half. Only good defensive teamwork and Andy Beven's
boot kept the score down as Ross held out for long periods
of the second half.
made changes mid way through the half with J. Christopher,
M. Winstanly and R. Jode coming on but that could not stem
the tide as Ledbury scored again to make it 20-3. With the
game approaching the death, Ross pulled off the move of
the match from their own twenty-two.
R. J-Walker tackling well, Ross turned over the ball. D.P
and B. Parker moved the ball to J. Christopher, who stepped
inside and gave it to P. Smith, who beat his man and the
full back pushing Ledbury back onto the five metre line.
strong forwards play by T. Morgan and M. Taylor lead to
C. Creed crashing over to score. With practically the last
kick of the game, G. Holdsworth converted, giving the final
score 20 - 10 to Ledbury 2nd XV.
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 17th September 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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