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Ross ROADies are great supporters of the Midlands Air Ambulance and recently presented the proceeds of their two latest road runs through the beautiful Herefordshire countryside to a representative of this very important charity. The presentation is the second time that the Ross Owners And Drivers club have had the pleasure of donating £,1000 to the vital service.

The presentation took place at the Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow where some lovely food was laid on for the ROADies and their guests before listening to an Air Ambulance Crew member about the work they do. The ROADies are very grateful for the continued support given to them by Phil Ballinger of the Yew Tree by way of offering them the venue to stage their road runs and events from and for providing food.

Well done to all Ross ROADies. I am sorry I missed your Easter run but I am hoping to join you on the next one.

Ross ROADies presenting a cheque to representatives of the Midlands Air Ambulance recently.


Well done to all at Corwall's Butchers shop in Broad Street for raising a good sum of money for local charity, The Hope Trust. Three staff at the shop, Wayne Sackville, Andy Dawson and Eddie Powles drew attention to themselves by not shaving for a month, encouraging customers to make a donation in the Hope Trust bucket which, by 28th April felt very heavy. £400 worth of heavy!

The Hope Trust is a local charity, run by young people who give help and support to other youngsters who, like themselves have lost a family member or have a closer relative who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illnewss. The young people of the Hope Trust do a fantastic job and raise much of their funding themselves. Now, thanks to the staff at Cornwalls, they are another £400 better off.

Well done guys!

Wayne Sackville, Andy Dawson and Eddie Powles of Cornwalls Butchers.


The Royal Forest of Dean branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign held another very successful Giant Jumble Sale in April at May Hill village hall. With the good weather, the event drew a large crowd of keen shoppers. Branch Chairman, Lifa Oakley, was delighted to report that the sale raised £1500.09 and would like to say a huge thank you to all the helpers and buyers who made this a wonderful day. The next Giant Jumble Sale will take place on 20th October at May Hill commencing at 2pm and Lifa looks forward to your support.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing on all muscular dystrophies and related muscle diseases. More than 60,000 people in the UK have muscle disease and 300,000 people are indirectly affected as relatives and careers. It has pioneered the search for treatments and cures for over 50 years and continues to provide practical, medical and emotional support to people affected by the conditions. It relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund its groundbreaking and vital work.

All of the charity's work is underpinned by the dedication of its supporters. Up and down the country, thousands of people give their time and energy to help continue its vital work. The charity is always ready to welcome anyone who wants to help join the fight against muscle disease. Please visit the website

All of the volunteers who helped with the giant jumble sale at May Hill Village Hall


'Nice to see you,' said Mayor Bernd Brato as he welcomed 14 exchange students from Ross-on-Wye to their twin town of Betzdorf in February. Mayor Brato said that he is very happy that the tradition of exchange visits is now more than 31 years old.

The mayor answered many questions of the inquisitive school students, from news about the brand new swimming pool, to the 130 associations in the city of Betzdorf. The English pupils were very enthusiastic about this 'Betzdorfer News.' The students talked about their impressions of Germany, talking of the things they had seen and of what they would like to see during their visit. The exchange students also compared the work and status of the mayors of Betzdorf and of Ross-on-Wye and realized that there are a few differences.

The school students were taken to the Town Hall by teacher, Helen Woodage. At the end of the visit, Mrs. Woodage thanked Mayor Brato for his time and said that she hopes they will see each other again next year.

Report by Marc Rosenkranz. (Below the photograph is a report of the visit in German)

Students from Ross-on-Wye meet bernd Brato, Mayor of Betzdorf.

Ross-on-Wye zu Besuch in Betzdorf: 'Nice to see you' - so begrüßte Bürgermeister Bernd Brato am Freitag, den 24. Februar 2012 die 14 Austauschschüler von unserer Partnerstadt Ross-on-Wye.

Bürgermeister Brato war sehr erfreut, dass die Tradition des Schüleraustauschs nun schon seit über 31 Jahren aktiv gelebt wird. Er stand den neugierigen Schülern Rede und Antwort: Angefangen von dem neuen Molzbergschwimmbad bis zu den über 130 Vereinen, die die Stadt Betzdorf zu bieten hat. Die Engländer waren positiv überrascht von den Betzdorfern "News". Die Schüler erzählten von ihren Eindrücken, die sie bis jetzt in Deutschland sammelten und was sie schon alles gesehen haben und noch sehen werden. Die Austauschschüler verglichen auch die Aufgaben und die Amtszeit der Bürgermeister in den zwei Partnerstädten und stellten fest, dass dort ein paar Unterschiede vorhanden sind.

Die Schüler und Schülerinnen kamen in Begleitung ihrer Lehrerin Helen Woodage und bedankten sich im Namen aller Schüler für den freundlichen Empfang und hoffen auf ein Wiedersehen im nächsten Jahr.


The annual French student exchange took place recently between The John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye and Lycée Charles Tellier in Condé sur Noireau. The students were placed with businesses all around Ross-on-Wye including schools, hotels, restaurants and charity shops. Sixteen year old Maélle Cantimpré worked at Pots and Pieces Teashop and Gallery for the week. Maélle's duties included food preparation, general kitchen duties and serving customers. Each day she encountered a number of new English words which she wrote down, memorised and then incorporated into her daily diary which was written up each evening.

Owners of Pots and Pieces, David and Sara said, 'It was a pleasure to have another French student working with us this year. Maellé was delightful to have working with us and her grasp of English was amazing! She really enjoyed talking to our customers and learning new words and expressions. We wish her well in the future.'

The week was topped off with a 'Ross Landmark Search' where the students had to find key buildings and unusual sights. The search was followed by a cream tea at Pots and Pieces teashop. A group of John Kyrle students have since travelled to France for their exchange week in Condé sur Noireau.

Students from Conde enjoy a cream tea at Pots and Pieces.

David and Sarah with Maélle, the groups accompanying teacher and staff at Pots and Pieces.
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