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Two months ago Charlotte Reynolds attended the procession for Rifleman Jamie Gunn's. The young soldier from Monmouth had been killed serving in Afghanistan. Charlotte decided there and then that she would do something to show her support for the soldiers and their families who had given so much. The charity she choose is Help for Heroes.

Help for Heroes is reliant on public donations but do a wonderful job helping our injured troops. An idea that instantly came to Charlotte was a ball and auction. She knew the ball would be something everyone would enjoy (a great excuse to get dressed up!), the auction side would raise even more money for Help for Heroes, and with help from Jessica Teague and a few friends she started planning the event. At first she thought organizing such a big event in these hard economic times would be extremely difficult, but all the businesses have been extremely generous with the items they have donated.

The Chase Hotel has kindly donated the venue for the event, which is due to take place on Saturday, 17th October. Some of the auction prizes which have been donated so far include: Professional design and setting up of a Website, typically 4 or 5 pages courtesy of GMP Software worth 500; One Year's B1 membership to Halo Leisure, worth 350 per year. Includes access to gyms, swimming pools, spa and saunas, group exercise classes, golf and putting, racket sports and bowling; Swarovski Crystal and Pearl necklace and Earrings by Victoria and Edward, courtesy of Linda Grey Bridal, worth 90; Home-made Christmas Cake made by Sue Kirby; Bouncy Castle hire for your event supplied by Megabounce; Crate of Cider donated by Westons; Portrait session at RDP Photography studio for an individual, couple or family, to include one 16" x 20" fine art canvas of one of the resulting images, a package worth 335; A full day's 15 mile canoe river trip from Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat East for 2 people courtesy of Wyedean.

Linda Grey from Magenta has kindly offered 10% off dresses for anyone attending the ball (the vouchers will be given out with the tickets.) RDP Photography will be attending the ball to take photographs of the guests as they arrive, which can be purchased and collected on the night for 10 (7 x 5 mounted photo). A percentage will be donated to Help for Heroes.

The evening includes a buffet, auction, local band SwiTch will be performing, and a DJ. Tickets are not on sale yet, but put the date in your diary and look out for the announcement when tickets are on sale. Charlotte is also extremely grateful to sponsors The Ross Gazette and The Monmouthshire Beacon.

If you would like to donate a prize for the auction, please contact Charlotte on 01989 566329 or e-mail charliechat85@btinternet.com


For a number of years regular coffee mornings have been held at the Quaker Meeting House in Brampton Street, Ross-on-Wye. On these occasions people are able to drink fairly traded tea or coffee and to purchase a wide range of fair trade products. After Meetings for Worship, members and attenders chat over fair-trade coffee and tea.

Over the last few months a steering group has been formed to take Ross-on-Wye forward into becoming a Fair Trade Town. Meetings of the group take place at the Quaker Meeting House and members of the Meeting felt that it was time they became a Fair Trade Church. Julia Richardson, speaking on behalf of the Meeting said, 'This is something we are doing anyway and it is something we believe in.' A minute was agreed and as a result of this the Meeting has now been designated a Fair Trade Church and awarded a certificate by the Fair Trade Foundation.

Most of the Churches in our town also serve fairly traded coffee after services and at other events and some of them too may shortly be registered as Fair Trade Churches. The fair trade steering group hope that more businesses, shops, work-places, schools and other groups will help to promote the fair trade message, so that we can become a fair trade town. 'We feel that this will attract more people to visit as well as helping producers have a decent standard of living. We welcome the initiative to promote Ross as an ethical shopping environment by the Town Council in their publication "Goods for the Future: A Guide to Planet-Friendly Shopping in Ross on Wye" which is available from the Town Council offices and also from their website.

The Breath Easy Group enjoy Fair Trade Coffee at the Friends' Meeting House following a guided walk around Ross given by Mary Sinclair-Powell.
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