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Ross Acorns Support Group held yet another brilliant, fun event at the weekend by holding a charity Golf Day at Raglan Golf Club followed by an auction, raffle and live music at the Mighty 8 Pool Club. The event was held in memory of Harry Williams, in order to help other children severely affected by disabilities and life limiting illness. Harry passed away in 2007 at the age of two years of an undiagnosed, degenerative condition.

Thirty six people took part in the Golf Day and prizes were given out at the Mighty 8 before the auction began. There were many lots to bed for, all of which were kindly donated to the cause and included; One week's holiday for four at a coastal cottage in Pembrokeshire, one week's holiday for six at any 'Seasons Own UK Resort, a signed 2011 Welsh Rugby Union Squad Six Nations jersey, a signed 2011 Bath Guinness Premiership squad jersey, a signed 2011 Aston Villa squad jersey, a signed Stereophonics album and drumsticks and many more items. The lots were so tempting, people even phoned in their bids!

The live music was performed by popular local band Switch, who soon had people up on the dance floor. Food was laid on along with a barbecue and a raffle was held with many great prizes and once again a whole lot of fun was had by all. It is estimated that Harry's Day will have raised somewhere in the region of £2,500 a fantastic achievement!

The Acorns gang have many other events lined up which all are welcome to take part in. on Sunday, 28th August, the group are looking for around 15 keen cyclists to join them in their fancy dress bike ride, a hugely popular event last year. The ride will start from the Man of Ross Inn at 10:30am. Get in touch with Ozzy for your sponsor form if you would like to take part by calling 07837043943. A Fun Day is also planned for Monday, 29th August which will take place at the Plough Inn, Overross beginning at 1pm.

If you want to have fun and help Acorns Childrens Hospice at the same time, keep following the Ross Acorns Support Group. Or why not join them?

Ozzy holds up one of the many signed jerseys which were donated and he wasn't disappointed with the bids.

Becky and friend from Acorns with lots of information about the charity.

Popular local band, Switch.

Many people turned up to enjoy the event and bid in the auction.

Manning the barbecue.


The 9th Ross Country Music Festival took place from Friday, 8th until Sunday, 10th July and once again, not only the site but the whole town seemed to be taken over by cowboys and Indians, squaws and ladies dressed in the most elaborate attire. The festival always sets a colourful scene and everybody there is so friendly.

The gate was slightly down on previous years, mainly due to the recession as well as adverse weather forecasts but the field was still full of tents and caravans, shops and a couple of wooden homesteads. Regular participants of the festival, Annie and Rick were back again this year with their wonderful little home, with it's lovely artefacts and cosy looking bed. You won't find a stove inside though as Rick does all the cooking outside. They were joined this year by Mad Maddax and his trading post, where you could buy almost anything.

There was a good range of live entertainment laid on featuring Kalibre, Rainbow Road and Dave Sheriff amongst others and Bonnie and Clive Beard kept people up on the line dancing floor with their CB Country Disco. Rain or shine (and did it rain on the Saturday) those people love to dance. (There will be a short dis[play of some of the fun in the next Week in Moving Picture which shall be uploaded shortly.)

For those who didn't want to cook for themselves or venture into town, Elite Catering were there serving up great food throughout.

Ross Country Music Festival raises a lot of money each year for St. Michael's Hospice, a vital resource for those receiving palliative care and their families and each day throughout the festival a raffle is drawn to help boost the total raised. The committee also hold regular Country Music nights, the proceeds of which, after costs again go to St. Michael's.

Ross Country Music Festival is a fantastic event and, like it or loath it, this event brings much needed business to our lovely market town. Long may its success continue.

Mave Allen with husband Derek, dressed in their finest for the occasion.

One of the shops on site selling all things Country & Western.

Annie and Rick's fascinating little house, Creaky Bottom.

Some of the amazing, authentic items which can be seen inside 'Creaky Bottom.'

Country & Western style windchimes.

Bonnie and Cynthia prepare to draw. (The raffle).

These ever helpful bar tenders keep everybody refreshed throughout the weekend.
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