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for a Chain Reaction?
the article, left, which was published in the April 7th
edition of the Ross Gazette, I wrote to Bobbie at the
email address provided in the article. In my email I explained
that I have an extremely successful web site about Ross-on-Wye
called 'Wyenot.com' and that it is already attracting
thousands of tourists to Ross-on-Wye and the local area
also explained that some of the accommodation business
in the Whitchurch and Symonds Yat areas had already taken
up the £45 per annum advertising option on my web
site, and that they had all found the advertisement a
huge success, most businesses receiving bookings through
my web site within the first few days of their advertisements
explained that, working on Wyenot.com and Wyenot News
to keep the web site interesting enough to make this happen
takes up all of my time - 36 hours per day and 8 days
per week, so it was not easy for me to attend lots of
meetings but that I was willing to help in any other way
was well over a month ago now and so far, my email has
not even been granted the courtesy of a reply.
the benefit of all the sceptics out there who imagine
that I am raking in a fortune by running Wyenot.com, it
might interest you to know that I am not. Ross-on-Wye
as a whole is doing very well out of it but, even after
five years, I could personally make more money by pulling
the plug on Wyenot.com entirely and taking a one day per
week part time job in a factory. Maybe I am just on a
'down' at the moment through being over tired but at this
moment in time, lack of local support is making it tempting
to do just that and see just how much local tourism can
has lots of local viewers but few local financial supporters
- everybody wants the free stuff! What is not apparent
to the regular local viewer of Wyenot.com is that, taking
the photographs, writing the articles and physically maintaining
the web site is not all I do. Every single week throughout
the tourist season I receive dozens of emails, just like
the one below, which is an exact 'copy and paste' of just
one of the emails I received this week, and I spend time
answering them all.
Alan, I am planning to visit Ross-on-Wye this summer for
business reasons and would like to receive some specific
information about the town (tourist information, such
as a map, for example) and specially about how to get
there from London or form Heathrow Airport. I see you
have a wide offer of accommodation in your web page, so
I will book my accommodation directly. Many thanks. My
details are: Sofia Ortega' (address supplied but withheld
from this article.)
was pleased with the information I supplied as can be
seen below but answering questions like this . . . I am
happy to do it but I really see it as the job of the Tourist
Board. They are after all getting paid to provide this
kind of advice.
many thanks indeed. Your suggestion about train to Gloucester
and then coach to Ross is great. I really appreciate your
help!! Sofia Ortega.'
- I have no idea who - just somebody who is advertising
their business on Wyenot.com is going to have Sofia as
a guest in their accommodation establishment soon, and
no doubt Sofia will be visiting local shops during her
visit to the town. Maybe she will also visit a local pub
or restaurant whilst she is here - who knows? The chances
are, Sofia would not be visiting Ross-on-Wye at all, were
it not for this web site and Sofia is just one of thousands!
'Wyenot.Com' domain, which holds a web site about a plain,
ordinary market town somewhere in the West Midlands, according
to independent statistics, is currently among the top
300,000 most visited web domains in the whole world and
climbing. It averages over 1,500 page views and 11,954
'hits' every day of the week. Try going to the
Google search engine and typing in just the two words,
tour (clicking the link will open a new browser window
and take you there). Do you know of any other town in
the whole of the UK which has quite as much regular publicity?
It brings a huge percentage of the town's the visitors
here - what they see, where they go and what they do after
they have arrived is entirely up to you and those who
the years it ran, Ross-on-Wye International Festival brought
many thousands of visitors to the town - for two weeks
of the year. For the past two years, a high percentage
of festival visitors tried to book tickets through Wyenot.com,
not realizing that the festival did actually have its
own web site. The festival was well supported financially,
starting big but growing small. Wyenot.com started small
and is growing bigger by the day. It may well collapse
at this point, depending on local opinion about this article,
but if that is the case, at least it will make way for
the idea of creating a town and tourist web site to be
'thought up' by somebody far more important than I - a
web site which could then be run by a team of 'experts'.
I could then get a one day per week job in a factory or
take up selling 'Big Issue' in the 'Maltings' to cover
my own loss of income and get a life back.
is not run from luxurious offices. It is run from a wooden
shed in my back garden, in which I freeze during the winter,
sweat during the summer and drink Earl Grey tea from a
thermos flask purchased for £5.99 at Morrisons.
It cannot afford to host fantastic parties in expensive
hotels, or provide a VIP Bar for local dignitaries, nor
does it receive any form of Local Government grant. It
does however bring visitors to the town of Ross-on-Wye
- lots of them and all year round!
Grammar School Reunion
fourth consecutive Ross Grammar School reunion took place
at Ross Conservative Club on Saturday evening, 14th May.
The original concept for the gathering was for a reunion
of the pupils who started at Ross Grammar in 1949 and
1950 but the attendance saw pupils who started between
1945 and 1954.
well as ex pupils, Frank Drabble who taught many of the
guests of the evening Chemistry also attended. Frank will
be 88 years old in August of this year. Three brothers;
Graham, Ralph and Lou Probert alone spanned about five
years. The long group school photographs from 1946 to
1959 were on display so that all of those attending could
find themselves and their old friends, which proved to
be a great source of amusement and nostalgia.
usual buffet style meal allowed people to circulate, which
is probably why it has been so popular and has expanded
to cover more years than originally intended. Many wanted
a repeat for next year.
Lyons, organizer would like to thank to Beryl Downing
and her Conservative Club staff, who ensured all went
well with the catering. Jerry said, 'We will be availing
ourselves of their services again on 6th May next year.'
any Old Rossians out there would like to attend, particularly
from the school's 1949 and 1950 intake, please get in
touch by contacting Jerry
of the Royal Enfield Dealers
owners of brand new Royal Enfield motorcycles visited
Lucas Motorcycles in Ross-on-Wye last Tuesday whilst on
an eleven day tour of Britain. Riders, Rowena Hoseason
and Emm Walters are making a point of visiting all forty
two Royal Enfield Dealers in the country during their
Both girls write for various motorcycle magazines and
Emm commented, 'It is just for fun - two bikes, two girls
and 2,222 miles.'
Mile of Pennies for Macmillan
of Goodrich Court, the retirement homes in Gloucester
Road are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Relief by
to gather together a 'Mile of Pennies'. At the time of
taking the photograph below, on Monday morning, I was
reliably informed that they had raised 256 feet and 3
inches, which equates to £41. If my maths is correct
(I never was particularly good at the subject) I reckon
that, taking a penny as being 3/4 inch in diameter, 84,480
of them are required to make up a mile (5280 feet) in
length. No doubt the mathematicians out there will correct
me but I am sure it will not matter if they manage to
collect more than a mile.
you have a jar full of pennies at home, I am also sure
that the Manager of Goodrich Court would appreciate you
joining in and dropping them off. It is best if they are
bagged up in 100s but it will give her something to do
if they are not - hit me for suggesting that, most likely!
Photography This Week
Above: Ben Nelsey and Zena Dillow leave for Gretna Green
on Sunday afternoon, in readiness for their Tuesday wedding
at 'The Old Blacksmith's Shop'. Good wishes to you both!
The Fitness League celebrated their 75th anniversary at
the Royal Albert Hall this year and a repeat of the performance
by the Welsh contingent, involving League members from Newport,
Cardiff and Swansea with the theme, 'Pirates' was given
Sunday 15th May at the Larruperz Centre, Ross. The performance
took place following a fitness class, involving members
from Ross, Monmouth, Cheltenham, Worcester and Gloucester.
A raffle at the event raised £150, the proceeds of
which will be split between Ready Steady Win, The Bridges
Community Centre in Monmouth and the Larruperz Centre, Ross.
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