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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 187 - Wednesday, 27th February 2008
visit Ross Pre-school Playgroup
Ofsted inspector called at Ross Preschool Playgroup
recently to carry out an unannounced integrated inspection
and the judgement from this inspection was that the
quality and standards of the Nursery Education provided
by the group is good. The
report stated that the children’s play and learning
is very well supported by staff who have a good understanding
of how children learn The report also stated that
the quality and standards of care are sound, as the
children’s safety is enhanced by sound safety procedures.
Pauline Williams said that the staff and management
of the group are very pleased with the findings of
the inspection. Some
of the children who attend the preschool can be seen
below with Mrs Williams and Mrs Vicki Page.
you would like to know more about the pre-school,
please contact Pauline on Ross 562435.
in the Old Gore ward of Herefordshire will vote in
a by-election on Thursday, 10th April. It follows
the resignation last week of Tessa McLean who will
be leaving to undertake a new career abroad. Conservative
councillor Tessa McLean won the seat for Old Gore,
situated to the north east of Ross-on-Wye, at the
local elections in May last year from Independent
councillor and council chairman John Edwards, in what
was her first election contest.
wishing to stand in the election should collect a
nomination form from the Council's Electoral Registration
Office, in the County Offices, Bath Street, Hereford,
HR1 2HQ. Completed nomination forms must be returned
to the offices by midday on Wednesday, 12th March.
Electors who want to vote by post must apply to the
Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on Wednesday,
26th March. Completed application forms must be returned
by 5pm on Wednesday, 2nd April - in exceptional circumstances
(unforeseen illness or incapacity), applications may
be made up until 5pm on the day of the election, 10th
wanting more information about how to stand in the
election or vote can contact the electoral registration
team on 01432 260107.
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on Track for Another 10 Years
line dance group The Backtrackers have been dancing together
for ten years now and celebrated in true line dancing style
with a party, complete with birthday cake at The Larruperz
Centre on Tuesday evening.
big raffle was drawn later in the evening with lots of good
prizes. The Backtrackers group is run by Clive and Bonnie
Beard and they raise money for charity as well as helping
with Ross Country Music Festival.
looked liked a lot of fun to me, but told Clive that I couldn't
possibly join them as I have two left feet. 'Of course you
can,' he joked. 'I had three when I started!' After watching
him dance however, I didn't think that could possibly be
true. Watch this week's WNTV
News programme and see what you think.
Backtrackers celebrating thier tenth birthday on Tuesday. Ref: DSC_4306
Lions Hold Social Evening to Attract New Members
Lions Club is looking for new members and held an open social
evening at Ross Conservative Club on Tuesday, so that people
could find out more about the work they do, whilst enjoying
a game of skittles and enjoying some food.
Lions Club is an international organization where groups
raise money for charities and organizations within their
own locality, as well as helping the victims of disasters,
such as the Tsunami.
Lions have a lot of fun whilst raising money for these causes.
WNTV News went along to the social gathering to speak to
Ross Lions President Keith Wilding about their work. You
can hear what he had to say in this week's WNTV
Lions Don Wood, Bernard Fowkes, President, Keith Wilding, Jim Hamilton
and Councillor Gordon Lucas
Front: Sue Wilding and Julie Lerigo. Ref: DSC_4301
Thinking Day Church Parade at Weston
Crews and Ross District Guides celebrated Thinking Day this
year with a Church Parade and service at St. Lawrence's
Church in Weston-under-Penyard. The service was attended
by members of the Weston Rainbows, !st Lea and 1st Linton
Brownies and 2nd Ross Guides, their Guiders, Unit Helpers,
families and friends. Members
of the Trefoil Guild, whose members were once Brownies and
/ or Guides and still continue to support Guiding, also
the Colours of each unit were carried into Church, 2nd Ross
Guides gave a short explanation of the history and meaning
of Thinking Day. Each Rainbow and Brownie Unit had learned
about Guiding in a different country so the Rainbows told
the congregation all about Canada, Linton Brownies spoke
about Switzerland and Lea Brownies about Australia.
the end of the service a number of Rainbows and Brownies
made their Promise followed by three Guiders who, having
made their Promise as Brownies and Guides, were now renewing
it as Guiders. A collection was made for the Thinking Day
Fund and refreshments were enjoyed after the service.
Day for members of the Guide Association is traditionally
the day set aside for thinking about Rainbows, Brownies
and Guides around the world. Guiding exists in 145 countries
world-wide, with over 10 million girls and women being involved
in Guiding in some way.
year Guides of the 2nd Ross Unit decided to do something
a bit different. Instead of finding out about Guides who
live in another country they decided to send parcels of
goodies out to female service personnel who used to be Guides
and / or Brownies and who are currently serving in the Armed
Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan or who are being treated at
the Tri-Service Rehabilitation Unit at Headley Court.
Patrol put together a box of suitable items such as snacks,
sweets, a puzzle book & pen and a tin of lip balm to show
the former Guide members that they were thinking of them.
They also each made a card to enclose in their parcel which
was decorated with the Patrol emblem and signed by each
pupils see 20 years into the future
at John Kyrle High School are being given a peek into the
future to see how they could look in twenty years time.
Professional make-up artists have been visiting the school's
14 and 15 year olds and making them up to illustrate how
they could look if they abuse alcohol over the next 20 years.
Their before and after photos will be used to show the gradual
changes over the years, similar to television programmes
which show the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle as a child
grows into an adult.
research has shown that alcohol-related problems are on
the increase with this age group and above. With a culture
of binge drinking regularly hitting national headlines,
the council's youth service in conjunction with the school
have come up with an alcohol awareness programme which promises
to be hard-hitting, but fun too. Youth
workers are keen to work in partnership with the school
and other professionals to make young people aware of the
damage alcohol can cause, both in terms of behaviour and
in terms of health and physical development.
young people from John Kyrle High School, Ross-On-Wye will
take part in the programme which is funded through the Community
Safety and Drugs Partnership. Each pupil will attend two
sessions, the first of which will offer them the chance
to see how they could look in 20 years time. During this
session the young people will also be invited to wear beer
goggles which give the wearer the illusion of being intoxicated,
then try to walk in a straight line whilst being filmed.
There will also be other games which will concentrate on
the effect of alcohol, not only on the young people but
on others around them. A
representative from Alcoholics Anonymous will attend each
of the follow up sessions to offer support and advice as
the youth service team show the students some of the internal
effects of alcohol using some hard hitting visuals.
promises to be an innovative way of getting some very important
messages across to our young people,' said Sharon Menghini,
director of children's services. 'Unfortunately, alcohol
abuse amongst young people is on the increase nation-wide,
and we need to work together with others to reduce this
trend. The programme sounds like great fun and if successful,
could be used in other parts of the county too.
Open Day at Whitchurch School
school hosted a highly successful Community Open Day on
Saturday. The day had been arranged to promote learning
for the whole community, to encourage those of all ages
and interests to take advantage of the wonderful facilities
the school has to offer.
representatives from around the Ross and Hereford area came
to give information, advice, chat or simply entertain. The
highlight of the morning was the Live Theatre Cooking hosted
by local chef Jim Woods. Some interesting dishes were produced!
below are some of the day's events and activities.
organizers would like to thank everyone who so kindly gave
up their time to help on Saturday. The results of this consultation
project will be shared in the near future, for more information
phone 01600 890571.
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