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5th June 2024: Mike Warburton:     The Battle of Midway
3rd July 2024 John Powell:         Quakers in Ross
7th August 2024 Chris Lathan:     Isaac Newton: Scientist, Theologian,     Magician and Crime Fighter?
4th September 2024 Heather Hurley: Green Lanes
2nd October 2024 Ray Wilson:     The Industrial Heritage of the Forest of     Dean
6th November2024 Founder’s Lecture - Philip Bowen: 
   The Decline of the Aristocracy and     the Country House
4th December 2024 Gillian White:     The Hugely Huggable History of the     Teddy Bear
5th February 2025 Andy Moir:     Dendrochronology and the Dating of     Timber-framed Buildings in Herefordshire
5th March 2025 Chairman’s Lecture - Ernst Zillekens:
   Bess of Hardwick

For further information please contact Ernst Zillekens:

On your computer, laptop or tablet, go to, then from the list select Info, Extras & Blogs.  There will then be a selection of pictures, click on Historical Blog.  From May, 2023 is the story of the Ashbourne family.  This month we find Edward in Berlin at the offices of the Kaiserlich Marine, and enjoying life in the capital, although missing Alexandra. The year is 1888. Happy reading.
Dorian Osborne

The Friends of Ross Community Hospital will be holding their Annual Fete in the Hospital and Gardens on Saturday 8th June from 2pm to 4pm - 2 s's Brass Band, Tea and Cake, Raffle and many stalls - Free Entry and Parking.

As spring develops trees start to burst their buds giving us the most beautiful fresh green leaf colours (beech is my favourite) and when we are lucky, with the sun shining, a wonderful dappled shade is given. Then it is time to seek out bluebells in the woods and forests. They often signal where ancient woodlands stood and, when you find them, they can be a sea of blue. In dappled sunlight they are one of the great sights of nature. They are truly, amazingly glorious. Always worth finding, but, when you do, please try to avoid stepping on the plants as this can spoil a plant for several years. Stay on the pathways.
They are not worth picking as they have a very short life as a cut flower; enjoy them where you find them. I can remember their amazing appeal from when I was a child. Enjoy them.
Peter Lockwood
(I also remember using Bluebell brass polish!)

DO YOU KNOW  that Newent has a museum in the Market House? We have hundreds of delighted visitors each year from all across the country. Come in on a Saturday afternoon and see for yourself!  And if you enjoy people, and want to learn more about our local history, we’d love you to join us as a Market House Steward. Find out more from Ginny


Mike Howley, who lives in Gorsley, reached out and asked to share his special interest with local residents: Synergy A-Cappella Chorus is a male close-harmony group, formed in 2006, and singing mainly in the 'Barbershop style.' Based in Abergavenny our members are drawn from a large area, from Cowbridge to Brecon, and eastwards to Gorsley. We are not a traditional male voice choir but sing close-harmony arrangements of songs from all walks of life - traditional, shows, Beatles, pop, etc. We like to surprise our audiences!Although we are 'different' we were able to compete in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival in Truro Cathedral, and 23 of us have just returned with 2 accolades. We were placed first in the main event (for choirs up to 40 voices) and thereby also received the cup for 'Best UK Choir.'We have sung in venues ranging from the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to village halls, weddings and corporate functions. These tend to be mainly in Wales, where we are better known, but we will travel anywhere and I am hoping for the opportunity to perform again this side of the Wye.For more information, please contact Mike Howley. Email: or search Synergy Choir on Facebook.

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