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Wyenot News - The weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 93 - 26th April 2006
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[Nature to Music - Happy Retirement Peter! - In Memory of Jim Jones - Topical Photography - Rugby]
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WNTV: Nature to Music

Instead of the usual 'Nature Watch' article, this week I have made a short film of some of my nature photography over the past six years set to music. You can watch it by clicking here.

The music is one of my own tunes, 'Nocturnal Movements', which I recorded back in 2000. If you would like to download an MP3 of the full length hi-fi version, please right click here. (Or left click to just play it.)

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Happy Retirement, Peter!

One of the longest serving traders in Ross-on-Wye, Peter Newton is retiring this week. Peter started as an optician back in 1962. He later worked at Donald Judd's in High Street from 1967, until he started his own practice in 1977.

Peter's 'Specsavers' shop in Gloucester Road will not be closing its doors. The shop will now be run by new owner, Lee Thomas.

Pictured outside his shop, Peter is in the company of his wife, Pat, new owner, Lee Thomas and staff members, Becky Cooper, Caroline Mason and Sarah Eaton. Below, Peter welcomes new owner, Lea to his shop.

Here's to wishing you a long and happy retirement, Peter!

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In Memory of Jim Jones

An evening of entertainment in memory of the late James (Jim) Jones was held at the Phoenix Theatre in Ross-on-Wye on 11th February to raise funds for St. Michael's Hospice in Hereford.

Jim recently died at the Hospice but the care he received from the wonderfully dedicated staff was a great source of comfort to his family.

The tribute evening was a great success with Dick Brice performing to a full theatre. A raffle was held, with prizes kindly donated by Jim's friends and family. Local businesses sponsored the evening, which was organized by Theatre Manager, Patrick O'Reilly.

The total of £1,211 raised was presented to Elizabeth Drew of the Hospice by Patrick, Jim's husband, Jean and family.

Jean and her family would like to say thank you for the generosity of the Phoenix Theatre, for allowing the evening to be held free of charge and for the valuable time given by all members who helped on the night. A cheque for £690 in lieu of flowers was presented to the Hospice on 31st January.

Pictured below at the presentation are: Back: Craig Jones, Chrissie Weyman, Louise Jones, Patrick O'Reilly, Sarah Abell and Howard Jones. Front: Peggie Luker from St. Michael's Hospice Shop, Jean Jones and Elizabeth Drew, who was representing St. Michael's Hospice.

Jim Jones last summer.

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Topical Photography

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Above: Niamh, Sam, Andrew and Natalie Cottrell preparing for a nature walk using a route which is available at the Heritage Centre.

Below: Hereford and Borders Canoe and Kayak have built a lake so people can try out canoes before purchase.

Bottom: The Worship Band from Jubilee Christian Fellowship, Preston-on-Wye at the New Life Church's 'Mission Possible' evening on Saturday at the Larruperz Centre.

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Rugby - Ross Cruise Through to the Final

With the league title secured, Ross have now turned their attention to the Forest Combination Cup, taking on Cinderford in the semi final last Sunday. After a very competitive first sixty minutes Ross pulled away to win convincingly 29-3, booking themselves a final berth against Lydney next Saturday the 29th at Drybrook.

With home advantage Ross started the strongest, working hard to move the Cinderford pack about the park. With both Tara Barnett and Mike Davies making big gains early on however, every time Ross looked likely to find their rhythm the referee blew for an infringement. This enabled Cinderford to stay in the game early on. However as with all season Ross are able to create tries from all parts of the pitch. With fifteen minutes gone, first Tony Clements then Wayne Williams took the ball hard into the Cinderford defence. Simon Gwynne moved the ball quickly, Andy Hunt fed Hugh Bellamy who moved the ball to Dan Weston who cut inside his man, offloading to Hugh Bellamy who outpaced the Cinderford defence to score. Chris Gage converted giving Ross a 7-0 lead. For the rest of the half Ross fell foul of the ref's whistle, which finally led to a the sin binning of Flos Morgan. During his absence, Cinderford closed the gap to 7-3. However, with all their pressure and a litany of penalties Ross defence held out for the rest of the half, turning round 7-3 ahead at half time.

Ross worked hard to reduce the penalty count in the second half and as a result, started to look dangerous. Every time they got the ball, both Andy Hunt and Adam Clements began to ask questions of the Cinderford defence. Initially they held firm, but with the half ten minutes old, Ross secured their second score. Flos Morgan and Gavin Oates turned over Cinderford ball in the mid field. First Kevan Healy and then Tara Barnett took the ball deep into Cinderford territory. The ball was moved quickly out wide to Flos Morgan, who offloaded out of the tackle to Dan Weston. Dan cut inside his man before outpacing the fullback to score under the posts. Chris Gage then converted, giving Ross a 14-3 lead.

Ross were now in full control. Another Chris Gage penalty increased their lead to 17-3. From a sparkling move out on the right, Ross nearly added to the try count. Hugh Bellamy dummied his man, feeding Wayne Bishop. However with the try line beckoning, the pass did not stick. The next score did not take long. Again strong ball carrying from Mike Davies set up the ball. Simon Gwynne moved it quickly to Andy Hunt then Adam Clements. Chris Gage drew his man before feeding Wayne Bishop, who collected the ball to score in the corner. Ross were now 22-3 to the good.

With Paul Hayward and Nick Rawlings now on, Ross were now dominating the rucks and mauls. Tim Hanks, the Ross No 8 was now making big yardage, with Adam Clements and Alistair Rees now breaking tackles at will and the next score seemed imminent. When it did come however, it for once did not come from Ross creativity. Cinderford had ruck ball just outside their twenty two. They fed their centre, who offloaded in the tackle. Tara Barnett pounced on the offload collecting the ball then outpacing the cover defence, running in the try from 30 yards out ( this was later in the bar re-measured at 60 yards) to score. Chris Gage again converted giving a final score of 29-3 to Ross, who now progress to the final in Drybrook on the 29th April.

Let's hope for a big Ross contingent to support their local team.

Paul Haley

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