This Weekend in Ross

A round-up of live music, events and exhibitions over the weekend and into next week
Friday 4th:
Bounce & Rhyme 2.15 Ross Library
Utter Madness vs UB40 at The Crown & Sceptre
Exhibition at Ross Library the work of local artist Valerie McClean

Exhibition at Made in Ross at The Market House Jerry Whitehouse local railway paintings & children’s Hedgehog Books
Saturday 5th:
Ross Market, Ross Town Centre and Country Market at The Venue in Hill Street
The Lions Bonfire & Fireworks Party 6.30 at The Chase Hotel
The 4 Amigos at The Eagle 8.30pm
AJ Davis at The Kings Arms 9.30pm
Exhibitions at Ross Library and Made in Ross at The Market House
Monday 7th:
Ross Decorative and Fine Arts Society Lecture 1.45pm The Larruperz Centre
Tuesday 8th:
Flicks in the Sticks St Mary’s Church Hall 7pm
Thursday 10th:
Gigspanner at St Mary’s Church 7.30

Just who was Thomas Blake?

Visitors to Ross who wander down to the riverside or from the river up to the town may well walk through the Blake Memorial Gardens and wonder just who was Thomas Blake and why he is commemorated by this lovely garden.

Thomas Blake (1825 – 1901) was the youngest of the 6 children born to his parents William and Mary who owned a hardware shop in Station Street, currently, and aptly, The General Tool Store. They also manufactured metal goods and later there was the Blake Brothers’ Foundry (the drain covers in the garden were manufactured by it).
From an early age Thomas was a pious and industrious child working hard at school and regularly attending the Independent Chapel in Kyrle St. He went on to become one of Ross’s most notable citizens, one of its wealthiest and its greatest benefactor.

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