Ukraine and British children learnt about shadow puppetry

Fetch theatre group from Leominster brought their shadow puppet show to Ross last week. There were 3 morning sessions where Ukraine and British children learnt about shadow puppetry, made animal puppets and produced a show on the final session for family, friends and supporters of the refugee group. The production was a Ukrainian folk tale called The Feathered dress. All who took part did amazingly well. This was the finale of the show. Fetch Theatre received an integration grant from Herefordshire council for these productions and was supporeted by Ross Refugee Group.

Visit to Houses of Parliament

On July 20th we had a very early start, leaving Ross at 7.30am for a day trip to London. We had arranged to have a tour of Houses of Parliament for 20 people. Then had a few hours in London for sightseeing and back on the coach at 4pm for the journey home. Although a long, tiring day it was very successful, everyone enjoyed it, particularly learning about the work of Parliament. We provided packed lunches prepared by Caroline Bennett which were very much enjoyed and appreciated.

Ukrainian Guests Embrace Robbie Burns

Burns Night in Ross was celebrated in style by the Ross Refugee Group who meet each Wednesday evening at the Ross Baptist Church. As part of the aim to share our traditions with our visitors, a traditional Burns Night was organised. The evening started with an explanation of what this celebration was all about, this then continued with a rendition of ‘Flower of Scotland’. Everyone enjoyed some Scottish dancing, haggis, tatties and neeps (accompanied by Burns famous poem) and a small shot of whiskey. The evening was topped off by singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Special thanks to all the volunteers who help make these weekly meetings possible. If you would like to know more about this group, please contact:

Merry Christmas to all our Ukrainian Guests and Hosts Різдвом Христовим усіх наших українських гостей і господарів

Наш різдвяний вечір сподобався всім. Гра в дурні ігри призвела до багато веселощів і сміху, і нас відвідали мер і Дід ​​Мороз.

Our Christmas party was enjoyed by all. Playing silly games led to lots of fun and laughter, and we had a visit from the mayor and Father Christmas.

Ми хочемо побажати всім нашим українським гостям, нашим господарям і чудовим помічникам-волонтерам спокійно провести час у святковий період і з нетерпінням чекаємо зустрічі з вами в новому році.

We would like to wish all our Ukrainian guests, our hosts and wonderful volunteer helpers a peaceful time over the festive period, and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

A Big Thank You to Ross Town Council

The Ross Refugee Support Group would like to thank Ross Town Council for the recent grant of £750.

The funds will help the ongoing work of the group in supporting the twenty plus families which are now hosting over 80 Ukrainian guests in our community.

Ukrainian Guests in Ross Achieve Food Hygiene Certificate

Вітаємо наших гостей, які цього тижня отримали сертифікати харчової гігієни. Група готується до проекту з поширення української кулінарії в місті. Слідкуйте за цим простором!
Congratulations to our guests who achieved their food hygiene certificates this week. The group is preparing for a project to share Ukrainian culinary delights in the town. Watch this space!

Ukrainian online book festival 6-9 October/ Український фестиваль онлайн-книги 6-9 жовт

Lviv BookForum will take place 6–9 October with all events available free to view online.

Львівський BookForum відбудеться 6–9 жовтня, усі події доступні для безкоштовного перегляду онлайн.

Mixing acclaimed Ukrainian writers with world-renowned literary figures, the co-curated programme will share essential stories and facilitate a global conversation around the biggest questions of our time. Part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture devised jointly by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute, the full programme is available at link below:

Поєднуючи відомих українських письменників із всесвітньо відомими діячами літератури, співкураторська програма поділиться важливими історіями та сприятиме глобальній дискусії навколо найбільших питань нашого часу. Частина Культурного сезону Великобританія/Україна, розробленого спільно Британською Радою та Українським Інститутом, повна програма наведена нижче.

AA is offering Ukrainian refugees a free Drive Confident UK driving familiarisation course / AA пропонує українським біженцям безкоштовний ознайомчий курс водіння

See the link here for full details

The AA Charitable Trust has agreed to support Ukrainian refugees in the UK by offering a free Drive Confident UK driving familiarisation course from AA Driving School and BSM.

The course comprises of one two-hour practical driving refresher lesson with a driving instructor in their tuition car. It is for qualified drivers who have a full driving licence and is subject to availability of instructors.

In areas where no instructor is available, applicants will be offered a free remote e-learning module, in Ukrainian, created by Drivetech instead.

If you’d like to register, please call on 03300530026 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address (please note for multiple person applications at the same address, each applicant needs to provide a separate email address)
  • Date of birth
  • Full UK address (including postcode)
  • UK mobile phone number
  • Confirmation of which nationality licence you hold
  • Confirmation of whether your licence is for manual or automatic cars. If it is both, please specify which type of transmission you would like for your lesson.
  • Availability
  • At the start of the course, you’ll need to show your licence to your driving instructor.

Please note in-car lessons will be conducted in English. Taking a third party in the car with you to translate is at the instructor’s discretion. The two-hour in-car course is funded by the AA Charitable Trust and is free.