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Issue No. 73 [Back Issues]
6th December 2005

This Week - [Advent Market - Christmas Lights - Community Forums]
[Roaming Robots - Upton Bishop Christmas Fayre - The Year So Far - Novice Practitioner]
[Dedicating the Crib in Hereford Cathedral - A Night at the Races - Letters - Topical Photography]
[The Ross-in-Bling Awards 2005]
[Classified Advertisements] [What's On?] [A to Z Site Map]

Successful Advent Market

An Advent Market, which took place on Sunday, 27th November at the Market House proved to be a great success for everybody. Ross-in-Bloom in conjunction with the Ross Chamber of Commerce arranged for stall holders, which included both local crafts people and charities to trade at the Market Place and for local shops to open during the day. Most stall holders were from the local area but some had come from as far away as Chepstow and Broadway.

This event had been arranged in place of the usual late night opening for Christmas shopping, which has proved in the past to be unsuccessful for shoppers and traders alike. All stall holders reported good trade throughout the day and the shopkeepers with whom organizers have spoken since reported steady customers during the time they were open.

Ross Town Band entertained customers and traders for over an hour during the afternoon and were also on hand for the official acknowledgement of the season with the Christmas Lights coming on at 4 pm. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Gordon and Mrs Margaret Lucas had toured shops and stalls during the day and were on hand to wish everyone the compliments of the season when the lights came on. They thanked everybody for taking part in the day's events.

Iris Price had previously visited traders and offered them traditional cloaks and hats to wear. Upstairs in the Heritage Centre the Cards for Good Causes and the Ross-in-Bloom Tombola did a roaring trade, as did the Heritage Centre staff. The Tombola will remain at the Heritage Centre for the next two weeks, whilst the Cards for Good Causes will be there until 12th December.

Following requests of "can you do it again" the organizers are seriously considering repeating the event next year, along with some added extras.

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Victorian lady, Iris Price collecting for the band. Ref: DSC_3361

A stall at the Advent Market. Ref: DSC_3371

Ross Lit Up For Christmas

I usually like to show a few photographs of the Christmas lights on Wyenot News during the month of December and this year is no exception. With the aid of a 200 mm lens, long exposure and a Police car, Gloucester Road and Broad Street look very pretty. Unfortunately, the police car was not flashing its blue light. That would have made for quite an interesting effect.

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New Look for Wyenot Home Page

Changing the look of the front pages of is something I have been scared of doing as the Wyenot web site has been extremely successful over the years and I did not wish to risk ruining that success. Like wallpaper though, eventually one can tire of looking at the same pattern after a while so I did make a small change this week and asked for viewers' opinions. The general layout of the site remains exactly the same as before as the most frequent comment I receive about Wyenot in general is that it is one of the easiest web sites in the world to navigate. I do not wish to spoil that in any way. The changes are purely cosmetic.

I am still receiving emails with comments about the new design but so far, 100% have said that they like the new look. Most local people hit this site of a Tuesday or Wednesday, so I will wait a few more days before making the final decision but at the moment, it looks very much like the new layout is here to stay.

Thank you all very much for your feedback. When I ask a question like that, it makes me realize just how many regular viewers there actually are out there in the ether. The furthest reply has come from New Zealand and the closest, from Ross. Sorry I have not had the time to reply to you all personally - please take this article as a sincere thank you for your help.


Herefordshire Council Community Forums

Community Forums form part of Herefordshire Council's consultation process, reaching out to the community across the county. They provide an opportunity for local people to learn at first hand about Council policies and services, and how these affect the local community, and they enable local people to put forward their views. This helps the Council to serve better the needs of the local area.

You may attend any of the meetings. You may also suggest issues of local interest for discussion at your nearest Forum. The agenda for each meeting will be available shortly on the Herefordshire Council web site, and at libraries and Info Shops. If you know of issues that would be of interest to people in your area, or would like to have the agenda e-mailed to you, or receive a text message, please contact the Forum Co-ordinator at the address below. All meetings start at 7:30 pm The dates and venues for the Forums are:

Area Date Venue
Hereford City Tuesday 10 January Committee Room 1, Shire Hall
Golden Valley Thursday 12 January Golden Valley Community Hall, Peterchurch
Ross-on-Wye Tuesday 17 January John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye
North Herefordshire Thursday 19 January Lady Hawkins Leisure Centre, Kington
Central Herefordshire Monday 23 January Bartestree Village Hall
East Herefordshire Wednesday 25 January St Katherine's Hall, Ledbury

Contact: Hazel Lavelle, Community Forum Co-ordinator, Herefordshire Council, Room 17, Brockington, 35, Hafod Road, Hereford, HR1 1SH. E-mail: Tel: 01432 260167

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