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Issue No. 213 - Wednesday, 27th August 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Major Breakthrough for Flood Alleviation Scheme - What Happened to Peach - Post Office Closure]
Page 2 [GCSE Performers - Bayliss Reunion - Vintage Road Run for Macmillan - Wyenot Supporters - Sk8 Park Opening]
Page 3 [Hair Today - Thousands speak out about phone box closures - A great night at the White Lion]

Page 4

[Poly Tunnels Approved - River Wye Levels - Conservatives and Lib Dems on Post Offices - New Roles for Disadvantaged People - Learn to research your family - Successful Regatta - Raising Olympic Flag - Weather]
Page 5 [Police issue warning over stolen artillery part and the rest of the news from around the region]
Gold Medal GCSE Performance from John Kyrle

Alaina Sonn who did well in art despite having CP.

A record 71% of students gaining 5+ A*-C grades, at GCSE, with an overall pass rate of 98%, followed last week's outstanding A Level results at John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre.

These higher grades 5+ GCSEs included 60% with Maths and English which is another best performance for the school. Results at A*/A were, once again, above the national average.

This performance completes a very successful year at John Kyrle. An Ofsted grading of 'Outstanding' in January was based upon results that have now been eclipsed.

Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, said he was delighted for students, parents, staff and governors, all of whom had worked very hard to achieve this standard. He pointed out that within the results, areas such as Maths, Technology and Science were particularly high scoring. Also worthy of note is the fact that when many other schools are allowing students to drop Modern Foreign Languages, John Kyrle has compulsory languages at GCSE with Spanish, for example, having 90% of students gaining a higher grade at GCSE.

Mr Griffiths noted, 'The school's excellent performance needs to be seen within this context of students achieving in traditional subjects, which are considered more difficult. Very well qualified and hugely committed staff support my relentless pursuit of high performance and this has allowed us to exceed our previous best by a considerable margin. I am sure that parents of Year 11 students would confirm our view that close partnership with home is a key driver in our continued success.'

Brent Vinall, Deputy Head said, 'This is a year group which has taken every opportunity to participate in the wider life of the school. Areas such as music, drama and sport have benefited greatly from their participation and students have been ambassadors for the school on many overseas trips. Members of the year group have played a key role in the School Council and were the first group of students to participate in interviewing new staff. They have been a credit to the school and these excellent results are fully justified and deserved.'

A number of John Kyrle students are worthy of individual praise. These include Jake Colvin with 10 A* and 1A; Brittany Davies: 9A* and 3A; Amy Jackson: 8A* and 3A; Georgina Watling: 7A* and 5A; Louise Stowell: 7A* and 4A; Emma Gibson: 6A* and 6A; Christina Ireland: 6A* and 5A; Helen Parry: 6A* and 5A; George Miles: 5A* and 4A; Jack Lambert Taylor: 4A* and 7A, and James Priest: 4A* and 5A.

Assistant Headteacher, Rob Wallace, said that the results augured very well for the large number of students returning to John Kyrle's Sixth Form.

Jake Colvin achieved 10 As.

A group of JKHS students who did particularly well.

Fun to be had and Prizes to be won at Sk8 Park opening

The long awaited official opening of Ross-on-Wye Skate Park is to take place on Saturday, 6th September and will be a celebration for the young people and those who have supported them over the past few years to raise the money for such a high specification park.

There will be competitions for skateboarders, bladers and BMX riders, alongside an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and acoustic music in a marquee set just behind the park. The first band will be on stage at 12pm with the official opening at 12.30pm that will feature a display by professional skaters 'Tribe', before the competitions begin. The final band will finish at 7.30pm with the competitions, prize presentations and bands spread throughout the afternoon and evening.

GROUNDED LIVE, a rock and hip hop gig, will showcase the best of young and local musical talent, including bands Controversial Minds and the Mirror Kissers to name but two. The event will be headlined by Rupert and the Robbers, upcoming Herefordshire band, already receiving rave reviews in the music press. Soul Syndicate Sound System will be hosting a great hip hop and rap line up.

The skate competition will include three categories (BMX, Skateboarders and Bladers) and participants will compete within their own age group. The competition is open to anyone from 10 to 25 years old and prizes from Flipped street sport outlet will be up for grabs. Registration for the competition starts at 11am.

The Skate Park is funded by the Barclays' Spaces for Sports fund. GROUNDED LIVE and the regular music sessions in Ross are made possible with support from The Basement Youth Trust, The Courtyard, New Roots (the Youth Music Action Zone for Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin), The Music Pool, The Herefordshire Council Community Youth Service and Extended Schools/Ross Partnership.

Bayliss Family and Friends Looking Forward to Reunion

Due to the success of their family get together in 2006, the Woolhope / Fownhope Bayliss family and friends are all set to repeat the experience on Saturday 6th September. All members of the Bayliss family and their friends are invited to meet up in a marquee in the beautiful grounds of Brockhampton Cricket Club from mid afternoon until late. Apparently there will also be a cricket match going on. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and family, and to dance, sing and eat!

A mobile caterer will be in the grounds from late afternoon until late in the evening selling a range of hot and cold food and drinks, using local produce and from 7:00 pm there will be music, dancing and Karaoke in the marquee until midnight with How Caple Grange disco. The Cricket Club bar will be open until 11.00 pm.

The organizers are asking for donation of £4.50 which will go towards both the cost of the disco and a donation to the Cricket Club for their generous offer once again, to use the club, grounds and marquee.

Please come along if you know or are related to the Bayliss family, and spread the word to anyone who also may be! For further information contact Pat Downes - 01938 554155 or 07521 295577 Terry Sanderson - 07824 455367.

A Great Run for Border Counties Vintage Club

The Border Counties Vintage Club held their fourth annual road run on Monday and attracted a lot of attention as their lovely old vehicles made the 40 miles round trip of Herefordshire countryside.

We caught up with this year's participants at their mid way stop at How Caple Grange, where organizers Colin Davies and his wife Joan told us how the event was progressing so far.

There were countless old tractors and Jeeps along with many beautiful vintage cars and motorcycles and the sight of the 'convoy' leaving for the return journey to the Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow was impressive to say the least.

Later in the afternoon, we paid the Yew Tree a visit and took a closer look at some of the vehicles, stationary engines and stalls that were there for visitors to enjoy. Colin told us that fifty per cent of the profits were going to be donated to the Ross Macmillan Cancer Support group, who also had an attractive stall on the site.

You can see some of the footage of the vintage run in this week's WNTV News programme.

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