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Issue No. 38 [Back Issues]
29th March 2005

This Week - [Ashfield Park Goblin - Success story - Topical Photography]
[Photographic Society. - Inner Wheel - Breathe Easy - Brian Moses - More Topical Photography]
[Nature Watch - Archive]

The Goblin of Ashfield Park Primary School

The Goblin Next Door is a fun filled musical fairytale, based in a forest setting and telling the tale of a noisy and mischievous goblin who moves in next door to the gentle, friendly folk of Fairy Dell. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 22nd and 23rd March, the play was performed to parents by year three and year four children of Ashfield Park Primary School.

Below are two photographs I took at the dress rehearsal, which was performed to teachers and pupils. If you are a parent or teacher and would like to see all of the photographs I took that day or purchase prints, you may view them at my on-line gallery of the event.

The Goblin Next Door. Ref: DSC_9743

The Goblin Next Door. Ref: DSC_9734

A success story . . .

Five public house or accommodation businesses in the Symonds Yat area and one in Ross-on-Wye town have approached me during the month of March, taking up the £45 per annum, full page advertising option on and the feedback so far has been extremely encouraging and good to hear
. The two accommodation establishments which have so far reported feedback both reported bookings over the Easter period as a direct result of their new page on, one of them reporting seven Easter period bookings and having to refer overspill, directly as a result of their new advertising page on this web site.

Thank you to all, in both Symonds Yat both East and West for your word of mouth recommendations! has worked both as a community web site and as a tourist resource from the very beginning for those who had faith, but it has taken me five years of extremely hard work for the word to spread. The success of this web site has not been achieved by hard sell. I do not like pushy sales people calling on, spamming or telephoning me and would never do that to others. Much of my problem spreading the word in fact, can be put down to web salesmen bombarding the area, charging extortionate advertising costs and with no real end product. Rather,'s success has been achieved by maintaining an easy to navigate web site, which is constantly updated with interesting and useful local information and which people want to visit regularly. And by allowing my customers to discover the benefits for themselves or by word of mouth recommendation.

Together, we can make Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire and all of the local area prosperous, not only during 2005 but for the foreseeable future! Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley is a beautiful area and people from all over the world like to visit, whether they wish to relax and enjoy the scenery, explore the local historic buildings or take up fishing, canoeing, horse riding or one of the many other local activities. An extremely high percentage of these visitors look at rather than any other local information resource before visiting! Thank you to all of those who have supported me so far.

A. .J. W.

Topical Photography This Week

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Above: Weston-under-Penyard Pre-school Easter Bonnets Competition. Pictured from left to right are:

Back row: Cheyenne Greening, Karis Hazelwood, Megan Price, Mellissa Peers-Smith, Matthew Price, Bill Carter, Nia Ryan and Imogen Ryan.

Front row: Owen Edwards, Ingrid Morgan, Morgan Smith, Sophia Reynolds, George Aubrey and Jack Morgan.

Competition winners were: 1st - Mellissa Peers-Smith, 2nd - Matthew Price and 3rd - Karis Hazelwood.


Left: Head Teacher of Ashfield Park, John Williams, pictured with Jan Taylor at his retirement party. John was presented with several gifts, including a motorized golf trolley, digital camera, a staff photo and numerous other items. The photograph John has just been presented with, left is to hang in the school but John is to be given a copy print, at the size of his choice. At the party, teachers and friends were entertained by 'The Bierkeller Men' and a great time was had by all.

If you were at the party and would like to see all of the photos I took, please email and I will send you a private link to view.

Live long and prosper, John!


Below: An Easter Coffee Morning, enhanced by the sunny weather, was held at Rosedale Retirement Home on Saturday, 26th March. The event was attended by many friends and family members of the residents as well as staff of the home. An Easter Bonnets competition was held and the winners were: 1st - Dennis Wooding, 2nd - Marjory Oliver and 3rd - Sally Hazelwood.


Bottom: I thought it rather amusing that, on Monday last, I was called to go and take a photograph of Ross Photographic Society. I was a little nervous but tried my best to do a good job.

Rosedale Easter Bonnets. Ref: DSC_0059

Ross Photographic Society. (Just Kidding - the real one is on the next page.)

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