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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 97 - 24th May 2006
Club Presentations - Crafts and Charities Markets - Thank You]
Tournament - Weston Birds of Prey - Letters - Prince of Wales]
[No Free Photo - Bounce-a-Thon - Ross FC Presentation - Happy Birthday
- Topical Photography - 1970s Friends]
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is no such thing as a free photo . . .
What is it about me that makes people expect me to work
for free? So far this week, I have had two requests to send
photographs - not just one but multiple photographs for
publication to each of two separate glossy magazines - one,
'Herefordshire Life', the other an Italian National that
wants to run an article on Ross-on-Wye. Great! Publicity,
you might think. No! It is they that want the publicity
and neither of them want to pay - they just want the photos.
I don't really know why but I did supply 'Herefordshire
Life' with what they wanted. I would like to think that
I supplied them for the sake of the town but, if I am absolutely
honest, I did it grudgingly and have been swearing under
my breath about it ever since. That really is the very last
time unless they pay!
this week - within the past three days, in fact, I have
received a request for photos to go in a commercial brochure
and four requests for electronic copies of photographs I
have taken to go in various company and organization newsletters.
All expecting me to supply for free, of course.
am not being difficult in mentioning the small matter of
getting paid when I supply photographs. This web site is
supposed to be a business, not a charity. A few people pay
me less that £1 per week to advertise their own businesses,
extremely successfully on Wyenot.com, so I
am not by any means being greedy. That is all the money
this web site brings in and if my motivation were greed,
I would have closed it down six years ago. I spend far more
than that small income on general maintenance of the site.
be absolutely honest, the people asking for free stuff this
week have made me feel really angry and I felt inclined
to shut the whole site down today. Tina persuaded me not
to. She is one of those ever optimistic people who can see
a silver lining in the darkest of clouds. The fact is however
- for all the work I put into it, 'Wyenot' has made
me a financial loss of tens of thousands of pounds over
the past six years. Why the Hell should I work all hours
of the day and then just give it away for free?
you write to me asking for free photos in future, please
do not be offended if I add you to my anti-spam black list.
Childminding Group held a Bounce-A-Thon at the Ryefield
Centre on Monday, 15th May. The group has been running
for three and a half years in its present form. It offers
registered childminders, with the children they care for
an opportunity to meet on a regular basis. All childminders
have access to the toy library scheme provided by the
group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month
at the Ryefield Centre. Ross Childminding Group would
like to welcome any other registered childminders and
their children and ask them to come along and join them,
as well as any parents looking for childcare.
the photo are minders, Nadine Howells, Bernice Wood, Amanda
Phillips, Adele Dahlgrem and Liese Brady with the children
they mind with their bouncy castle at the Ryefield Centre
Ross FC End of Season Presentation
Football Club held its end of season presentation at the
of Wales on Friday, 19th May. The club's second team
won the Ross A Cup and Herefordshire Division 2 League
the photo at the Prince
of Wales on Friday are team captain Simon Brain, Mayor
and Mayoress of Ross, Chris and Phil Cutter and team captain
Happy Birthday, Mike!
Happy birthday to Mike Barnard, who celebrated his XXst
birthday at a surprise party held in the White Lion Inn,
Wilton, organized for him by his wife Angela. The couple's
good friend, comedian Fred Wedlock, the 'Oldest Swinger
in Town' provided some excellent entertainment for guests
and a good time was had by all.
I missed you Mike, Angie and Fred but I had a prior engagement.
No, I have not joined a monastery and changed my name
to Brother Bede - it was at the Rugby Club Presentation
Eco friendly Lea Primary School had a lectern donated by
Mr. Peter Heath for use by children spotting birds and other
wild life associated with the school and church. Mrs. Peggy
Lewis has illustrated wild flowers for a display on the
lectern and the children help with monthly illustrations
of what is likely to be spotted throughout the year.
Year 6 pupils from St Joseph's R.C. Primary School in Ross
on Wye enjoyed a week of Road Safety Cycling sessions, led
by Mr George Fulford. The group of eighteen children learned
vital cycle safety skills on the roads around the school
and took part in both a written and practical assessment
at the end of their training.
Mr Fulford, who has been coaching children at the school
for a number of years, was presented with a Thank-You card
and book tokens, by the students.
belower: Hugh Wisdon, Tutor at the Foundation of Holme Lacy
College has been working with students involved in community
projects from the Ryefield Centre. They have been clearing
the area around Dean Hill Park to make the children's play
area more visible and therefore more secure. In the picture:
Steve Roberts, Hugh Wisdom, John Bird, David Stevens, Margaret
Baker and Richard Evans.
Sorry - during the week Chris Tarrant came to Ross and I
also ran an article about the space shuttle, I somehow forgot
to publish the other topical photography - though I do remember
setting it on the page. It must have been accidentally deleted
before I uploaded to the server. Sorry - don't know exactly
what happened there. Off hand, I cannot remember what else
I photographed that week either but Helen of Wilton Court
reminded me that this was one of them. Sylvia Burford and
Sandra Esteves were awarded GAOL Level 2 NVQs at Wilton
Court by Andrea Bick, Assessor from HCTC Ltd. Here they
are pictured with Helen Wynn of Wilton Court.
My Family and Friends 1971 to 1975
I know that many of you look at this site regularly. I thought
you might like this short, contemporary slide and movie
show of family and friends. Tinged slightly with sadness
as it is very nearly a year since Mum died (June 13th 2005
at 1:20 pm). Alive and well in our dreams, she can still
be seen, walking on ground which has since become the M25.
and Friends 1971 to 1975 Revisited
click to watch, right click to download - 11 Mb)
Brasington, with whom I have remained friends since our
mums gave birth together. I have movie footage of your Mum
also - I must sort that out and get it to you. In the mean
time, I hope this brings back some memories as you view
from Japan. Funny thing, the human brain. I can't remember
what I did last week but I can remember us pulling those
silly faces in the Kodak booth and everything else in this
show as if it all happened yesterday.
Last week I said that I was going to run a competition to
win tickets to the August Bank Holiday music on the Rope
If and when the promised four tickets for each event arrive,
I will run the competition. I am certainly not going to
risk running it and then end up having to pay for the winning
tickets myself. I'll wait and see if the postman delivers
the organizer's promise. If he doesn't, my promotional tactics
will change, drastically.
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