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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 168 - Wednesday, 10th October 2007
Happening in Ross This Week?
seems to be a little bit more going on in Ross this week.
On Thursday evening an 'Open Art Surgery' will be taking
place at Nature's
Choice restaurant in Broad Street from 7:30pm. The event
is being organized by Nik Thiessen and is open to anybody
who would like to go along and play some acoustic music,
read out poetry, tell a story or simply go along and watch
the proceedings. Entrance is £3.
The Millennium Hall, Upton Bishop on Saturday evening, The
Penyard Singers will be putting on 'Over HIll and Over Dale'
a concert of songs inspired by William Shakespeare. The
concert begins at 7:30pm.
evenings entertainment at The
Prince of Wales will be provided by brilliant guitarist
and friend Will Killeen. We are really looking forward to
this one. Will's performance will start at 9pm. Hope to
see you there.
you are looking for something for the kids to do this weekend,
why not book them a place on 'Wild Inspiration,' a free
family activity day which is being organized by Wildplay.
The event will take place between 2pm and 4pm at White Rocks,
The Doward Nature Reserve. The activities, designed for
children aged between 5 and 12 years include: Look Closer
at Bugs and Beasties and Create a Creature. Children must
be accompanied by an adult. If you would like to take your
child or children along, be sure to book in advance by telephoning
Jo Polack on 01432 356872 or by email at: email@example.com.
Monday, 15th October, Ross Library is hosting 'Heartstart'
an introduction into life saving techniques, by Jeremy Beavan.
The session runs between 9:30 and 11:30am. For further information
on this event, please contact Jeremy on 07792 881072.
just about wraps it up for this week. In next week's issue
find out where to go and watch The Zebras playing their
brilliant range of cover songs.
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at the Ross-in-Bloom Presentation Evening
held its Annual Presentation Evening on Sunday last at the
Phoenix Theatre. Nearly 60 winners with their guests, together
with Ross-in-Bloom members and others who had helped to
achieve Silver Gilt in the Heart of England in Bloom competition,
spent a very enjoyable evening remembering what a mixed
year this one had been.
Margaret Lucas, Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom, opened the evening
by welcoming everyone before she handed over the reigns
to Mary Sinclair Powell. Mary then outlined what had happened
during the year. With the weather being so bad she had stopped
and restarted judging many times, but finally managed to
get her team of judges up and running. However, final judging
was still taking place up to the beginning of last week.
year over 800 awards have been given out across the 26 categories
of judging, some of which have already been published.
. . .
Peggy Luker was presented with the Jo Ashman Award for services
to the community of Ross. Ref: DSC_1554
of the guests on the evening were aware that they had received
an award while others were surprised on the evening. Pictured
above, the main surprise of the night was the major Community
Spirit Award which was given to Peggy Luker this year. Jo
Ashman of Halcyon Daze, who had recently emigrated to Australia,
sponsored this award. However, she did not go without choosing
the recipient herself and Mary read out the citation on
has worked very hard for this town for many years - more
than anyone would care to remember. Even though she has
now retired from teaching she has worked tirelessly behind
the scenes in many capacities, including the church, Merton
House and St Michael's Hospice. She is also a regular judge
for Ross-in-Bloom having been responsible for the co-ordination
of the Retirement awards for the past 4 years. Peggy was
Mayoress three times to Mary Dew's Mayorship and worked
a lot with her on various projects.
Lucas presented the award on Jo's behalf. 'Peggy has done
a lot for this town, very much as a bridesmaid but now she
is the bride,' she said. 'It is an honour to present this
award to such a stalwart and hard working member of the
town. Ross could do with a lot more like her'.
was also presented with a bouquet of flowers from everybody
as a thank you. Flowers were presented to Sue Parker who,
as a member of the team, has done sterling work behind the
scenes throughout the year and also as an early 'big' birthday
then thanked Margaret for all her hard work through the
year with a bouquet of flowers.
is self-supporting and a raffle on the evening raised money
to pay for the hire of the Phoenix Theatre. Ross-in-Bloom
are very grateful that the Phoenix is able to provide them
with a venue for this main event in their year. Anyone who
was due to receive an award on the night but were unable
to attend will be sent their certificates in the post.
Ross in Bloom AGM will be held on Wednesday, 14th November.
Everyone who would like to help next year is asked to come
along with suggestions on how the town can win Gold for
2008. The AGM will take place in the Heritage Centre at
7pm for 7.30pm. The colour scheme for 2008 is all the flame
colours - reds, yellows and oranges.
Benjamin Lerigo, seen with his grandmother was presented with the
Ross Gazette Shield
and a certificate for the Children's Competition. Ref: DSC_1518
Not all were present on the evening but Community Judges Awards
were given to Peggy Luker, Jacky Bedford, Rose Dean, Helena Constance,
Gilliam Gange, Margaret Heher, Jean & John Jenkins, Ann Bevan, Anne
Wadeley, Sue Parker, Sally Sandford, Pauline Williams, Val & Tony
Allen, Sara Jones, Teresa McCloskey, Jane & Rolfe Evans, Julia Richardson,
Margaret Staples, Ann Clarke, Maureen Tweed, Phyllis Bevan and Trevor
Pugsley. Ref: DSC_1522
Private Garden winners for the twelve areas of town were: The Safeways
Cup - Mrs Tingle of 4 Three Crosses Road. The Round Table Cup -
Mrs Jones of 19 Orchid Close. The Premier Plants Cup - Mrs Armstrong
of 2 Metcalfe Close. The Pauline di Palma Cup - Mr David James of
18 Berkeley Close. The Jacqui Danter Cup - Mr David Good of 11 North
Road. The Golf Club Cup - Mrs Whittingham of 11 Park Walk and Mr
& Mrs Preece of 28 Blake Avenue. The Hotel & Caterers Cup - Mrs
Roberts of 50 Purland. The Midland Bank Cup - Mr & Mrs Malsom of
Lawrenny, Cleeve Lane. The Tealpack Cup - Mr Trotman of 1 Lincoln
Close and Mr Graham Lloyd of 11 Vectis Close. The Ross-in-Bloom
Cup - Mrs Davies of Roma, 3rd Avenue Greytree. The Shawcross Cup
- Angie Lukas of Berwyn, Hildersley. The Margaret Lucas Cup - Mrs
Smith of 4 Church Close. Ref: DSC_1527
The Lloyds Bank shield for the best commercial premises went to
the Garden of Remembrance with
Rose Dean representing the team. Ref: DSC_1531
Presented by Margaret Lucas, the Mary Dew Spoon for the Best Private
Guest House went to the
White House Guest House team of Pat and Greg Stephens
and Judy Baugh. Ref: DSC_1533
The Mary Dew Shield for the best retired community went to Merton
Joyce Ware, the gardener representing. Ref: DSC_1538
The Lyn Tomlinson Award for the best retired individual garden went
to Mrs Anne Wadeley of
23 The Gresleys with Ann Bevan representing. Ref: DSC_1541
The H. E. Phillips Award for the Best Street went to Cottage Park
with Alf & Sheila Wye representing. Ref: DSC_1543
The Mike and Maureen Jennings Award for the Best Secret Garden went
to the King Charles II in Broad Street,
with Andrew Gooding and Maria Oates representing. Ref: DSC_1545
The David Christopher Conservation Award was given to Rita Haggett
of Nursery Road.
Neutral Garden article was obviously overlooked.
:-) Ref: DSC_1548
Community Spirit Award Certificates were presented on the evening
to Sue Holland, Sue Parker, Gordon Lucas, Gail Lucas, Jane Hoare,
Garden of Remembrance Community Workforce, Rita Haggett, The Residents
of Nursery Road, Ross Heritage Centre, Phoenix Theatre, and Alan
Wood. Others will be posted to Herefordshire Council departments,
Parks & Countryside, Parking; Housing, Cleansing; Markets, Street
Scene, Colin, Nigel & Ron, Highways, Friends Meeting House, E &
I Williams, Neat & Cheap, Colemans, H E Phillips, Ross Court, Ross
Journal, Ross Gazette, Ross Library, Ross Police, Ross Police CSOs,
Andy Middlecote, John Kyrle High School Art Department, Ross Bowling
Club, Clive Tomkins, Andrew Tomkinson, Geof Tarring, G D Parker
and The Garden Store. Ref: DSC_1551
Finally a bouquet of flowers was presented to Margaret Lucas, Chairman
of Ross in Bloom as a
token of appreciation for her hard work over the year. Ref: DSC_1558
of Ross Sports Centre - Cause for Concern
At a meeting of Ross Town Council on Monday evening, Councillor
John Edwards gave a report on a meeting between the Finance
and Administration Committee and Mr. Tony Featherstone,
Herefordshire Council's official for sporting activities
regarding the current state of Ross Sports Centre.
regarding the Sports Centre have become a long running saga,
but it was felt that the venue had deteriorated to such
an extent that it was no longer 'fit for purpose.' A growing
number of people consider it to be a disgrace; shabby, dirty,
badly run and without sufficient changing rooms to provide
proper facilities for the sports teams using the grounds.
Instead of being a hive of activity to encourage sporting
activities, it has now become a deterrent and many sports
people have transferred to centres in neighbouring districts.
Parents are also taking their children elsewhere to find
decent training facilities.
a lengthy presentation, Mr. Featherstone outlined the complicated
structure of the grounds and sports centre which are owned
by Herefordshire Council with leases to different clubs
and an independent management company employed to run the
actual centre itself. Mr. Featherstone made it clear that
Herefordshire Council would encourage the running of the
Sports Centre to be handed over to an independent body in
Ross, provided that it was properly constituted and included
representatives with status and management experience.
the same time, Mr. Featherstone explained how the funding
of the new all weather pitch at the John Kyrle High School
had been obtained, including a substantial grant from the
Persimmon Group who are managing the Tanyard Lane housing
development as well as an additional grant from the government
body who finance sports facilities. He noted that there
were long term plans to develop more sporting activities
on land adjoining the school.
Edward's said that in his opinion, the Committee should
be empowered to arrange a meeting with representatives of
all users of the Sports Centre, as well as other interested
parties with Town Councillors to discuss the possibility
of the formation of a Ross Sports Council. This would be
an 'umbrella' organization that would be responsible for
co-ordinating all of the town's sporting activities, including
the management of the Sports Centre at Wilton. It was also
his opinion that the development of facilities around John
Kyrle High School should be open to all residents, as well
as the school when these facilities have been financed by
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