the success of the revival of the Ross Pancake Races earlier
this year, The Association of Ross Traders (A.R.T.) are
planning another 'special day' for the residents of Ross-on-Wye,
which will take place this coming Saturday, 22nd May. The
event is to celebrate the birthday of 'The Man of Ross'
Kyrle is well known as an important early benefactor to
Ross-on-Wye and his legacy of generosity is still in evident
in the town today. He donated public land and planted trees
and handed bread out to the poorest in the community amongst
many other acts of kindness to the people of Ross. It is
rare for a town to celebrate the legacy of one man who led
by his own example of caring for the community so many years
ago but this is what makes Ross-on-Wye a special place to
live. Join in the fun and bring the children and help them
discover the past in a living way.
fun begins at 9am when children will have the opportunity
to take part in a John Kyrle Treasure Hunt. Entry forms
will be available from Ross Heritage Centre.
10am, 'The Spirit of Ross' mosaic will be unveiled at Ross
Library, followed by certificate presentations to the designers
who are from eighteen schools and other local organizations.
Afterwards there will be a piped procession up to Ross Market
Kyrle' will be giving out bread at the Market House at 12
Noon and he and his housekeeper will present an award and
charity donation from the Ross Gazette.
1pm, Mary Sinclair-Powell will be giving a guided history
walk around the town which will include a visit to John
Kyrle house, His Summer House and one of the great man's
gifts to Ross-on-Wye, the Prospect Gardens. A second walk
which will go along the 3 mile John Kyrle trail will be
lead by the 'Walkers are Welcome' group at 2pm.
enjoying the festivities, why not take a look at the John
Kyrle exhibition which is currently running at Ross Heritage
Centre. This excellent exhibition was put together by Mary
Sinclair-Powell and local historian, Heather Hurley and
can be visited up until 29th May.