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HRH PRINCESS ANNE VISITS ROSS-ON-WYE RYEFIELD CENTRE

Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne visited Herefordshire on Tuesday and one the Princess Royal's visits included a tour of The Ryefield Centre in Ross-on-Wye. The Royal visitor was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley and they were greeted by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards, Mayoress Sue Edwards and many other dignitaries. Upon arrival, Princess Anne was presented with posies by Elle Ferguson and one of the children from the Children's Centre at Ryefield.

Princess Anne's tour included visiting Jumpstart, the post natal and baby clinic, the Deaf Direct support group, where she spent several minutes talking to the members, and the textiles department where adults with learning disabilities recycle textiles, a fine example of which was a bag made from a pair of jeans. This beautiful bag was presented to the Princess by it's creator Suzanne Andrews, who was very excited by the whole event.

The Princess Royal then visited the Children's Centre where the youngsters had been busy making crowns and tiaras which would have made any Princess look even more beautiful! On her way to the Main Hall, Princess Anne stopped to admire the handiwork of the gardeners club, who in conjunction with the children's centre produced fresh vegetables as part of the promotion of healthy eating.

The Main Hall was furnished with many displays and information stands about the many services that can be accessed via the Ryefield Centre, including the National Childbirth Trust, the CAB, The New Life Church and many more. There were delicious refreshments laid on and the whole event went very smoothly, with Princess Anne taking the time to speak at length to all involved.

Upon being cheered and waved off from her visit the Princess later paid a visit to local stables in Sellack. It was a pleasure to cover this event and the Princess Royal made it very clear that she was impressed with the Ryefield Centre and the way it is run.

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HRH Princess Anne visits the Ryefield Centre in Ross-on-Wye. About an hour's worth of video has been edited down to 15 minutes here but
we have tried to include everybody who met the Princess Royal.

Princess Anne talks to the managers of the Children's' Centre.

Suzanne Andrews was very excited about presenting the Princess with the beautiful bag she had made.

Tom, Elle and Jake Ferguson.

Mayor of Ross, Councillor John Edwards and Mayoress, Sue Edwards with Jake Ferguson.

Princess Anne finds out more about the Deaf Direct support group for people suffering from hearing loss.

In the main hall.

The Princess Royal talks to the Jumpstart Children's' group.

The Princess meets members of the Gardeners' Club....

....and more users of the Ryefield Centre.

The Princess Royal unveils the plaque.

The Princess Royal with film crew and photographers from Wyenot News, The Journal and the Hereford Times.
This one is for John Bullough - the opposite view of this week's Journal front page photo.
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