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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 99 - 7th June 2006
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[The Beauty Island - Fairies and Goblins - Belly Dancing at the
Market - Summer Spectacular Competition - Visitor Figures]
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The Beauty Island
you enter a department store you invariably meet the charming,
if somewhat false, smiles of the ladies on the beauty
and perfume counters. Peter Terson and Suzanne Hill's
new play entitled "The Beauty Island" concerns a day in
the life of ladies in such a setting and the customers
they serve. We find that things are not always what they
Come along to The Phoenix Theatre from Saturday 17th to
Saturday 24th June for an amusing and intriguing evening.
Angela Mason is directing this new play and the cast contains
new and much loved old hands from The Phoenix Theatre
Box Office is open from Saturday 10th June and tickets
at £6 are available from The Phoenix Theatre (01989 564570)
and The Heritage Centre (01432 260675).
below: The cast of 'The Beauty Island', Denise Hall, Graham
Evans, Graham Russell, Barbara Isle, Rosy Boyden, Suzanne
Hill, Alison Clarke, Claire Price and Ian Godsave. Co
writers, Peter Terson and Suzanne Hill. Single shot of
television playwright, Peter Terson.
Dancing at the Market
Following last week's report that no musical entertainment
took place at the Art and Craft Market on Bank Holiday Monday
it is nice to see that belly dancers helped to attract people
to the monthly Farmers' Market, held on Friday, 2nd June.
I understand that some form of entertainment is going to
be provided during future 'Farmers' Markets' to make them
more attractive and to promote business to the markets.
are just a couple of very rushed snap shots below as I was
actually on my way to somewhere else and just happened to
see the dancers while passing.
sent in the following report about the Bank Holiday Monday
Charity and Craft Market:
the threat of bad weather, Bank Holiday Monday proved to
be excellent for the Charity and Craft stalls, which turned
up for the final Ross-in-Bloom Market Day. There were only
a couple of storms - one at midday and one whilst the stallholders
were packing up.
enjoyed themselves - traders, buyers and visitors alike,
with good steady trade taking place all day. Many of the
visitors were those who had come to Ross, seen an event
taking place in the Market Place and decided to stop rather
than just drive through.
was the last market of its kind to be held at the Market
House by Ross-in-Bloom. This is due to complaints about
noise and food being available during such events from a
hand full of traders near to the Market House. It has been
decided that the organizers can no longer put up with this
although they are trying to do their best for the town,
and will instead use their time on doing other things for
themselves. Following statements from people that Ross-in-Bloom
is itself cancelled for this year, the committee would like
to stress it is only the Regional Competition that will
not be taking place. This is the day when the Heart of England
Judges come to Ross in July, look around the town and award
a Certificate (Gold last year). This is cancelled due to
the lack of volunteers coming forward to give a few hours
of their time towards the paperwork and organization that
is needed for this visit.
Local Competitions will still be taking place. This year
the preliminary short listing for judging will start as
usual during the last week on June, with all the competitions
being judged in July, August and September.
full diary of events for Ross-in-Bloom judging times will
appear in the press next week. Everyone is reminded that
entry to most of the competitions is automatic. Nominations
and entry forms are only needed for the Retired, Children,
Secret Garden, Best Street and Window Competitions. Entry
forms will also be sent out this month to previous participants
in some of the competitions and will also be available at
the Heritage Centre shortly.
years winners are reminded Ross-in-Bloom will need their
cups a trophies returned please to the Heritage Centre for
display during July and August.
Tickets to the August Bank Holiday 'Summer Spectacular'
year, a 'Summer Spectacular' will be taking place on the
Rope Walk site which previously hosted Ross International
details of which can be found by clicking here.)
News has tickets to each of the three 'Summer Spectacular'
concerts, which would normally cost £35 per pair to
give away. Six readers will win a pair of tickets to one
of the shows. If you and a partner would like a chance to
go to one of the concerts for free, all you need do is email
the answers to the following questions. Entrants to this
competition must be aged 18 years or over. All
of the answers can be easily looked up in back
issues of Wyenot News.
type of mammals were photographed swimming in the River
Wye at Wilton earlier this year:
hump back whales?
is the surname of June and Rex, the couple who monitor Ross-on-Wye
c: Peregrine Falcon?
presenter, Chris Tarrant recently visited the White Lion
Inn and Broome Farm. What is the first name of his wife:
famous historical character who died 201 years ago once
Ludwig Van Beethoven?
b: King Cnut?
c: Admiral Lord Nelson?
click here to email your answers. (Wyenot
News is absolutely 100% against spam, so your email address
will not be harvested, passed on or added to any mailing
draw from entries received will take place at a venue to
be announced on Saturday, July 29th at 5:30 pm and a list
of winners will be published in the following week's Wyenot
News. Please state your name and postal address (where you
want the tickets sent), along with your first and second
choice of concert. Winning tickets are subject to availability.
First names drawn will have the first choice of concert.
concerts are not arranged by Wyenot News and tickets are
distributed in good faith. Wyenot News will not accept responsibility
for any cancellation or postponement of concerts. Wyenot
News will not accept telephone entries to the competition.
No correspondence will be entered into regarding this competition.
Those wishing to purchase tickets should contact the organizers
of the events at www.summersoundsspectacular.com.
Figures May 2006
for wyenot.com during May 2006
Every day during the month of May 2006, an average 1,107
viewers looked at 3,630 pages of Wyenot.com, a figure approaching
double that of the same period last year.
most popular pages on the site were the 'Home' page, followed
by 'Accommodation' followed by 'Wyenot News'.
White Lion Inn received an average 2 enquiries per day as
a result of their advertising page on the site. Judging
by the 'pages visited' statistics, others did equally as
well, if not better but the White Lion Inn actually report
back to me regularly. The White Lion page was the 22nd most
visited page on Wyenot.com during the month.
most common search string typed into 'Google' bringing visitors
to Wyenot.com was 'ross on wye' and similar variations.
The second most popular was 'medieval entertainment' and
similar. The most amusing was 'geoff jones testicle'. Other
very popular search strings were: symonds yat, b&b,
Wye valley, much marcle and goodrich castle.
one third of the web site's visitors arrived from people
using search engines. The other two thirds were direct requests,
coming from repeat visitors and email referrals - those
hearing about the site and passing it on. To me, this is
excellent news because it means that people find the site
interesting enough to make return visits and tell their
friends, without my prompting them to do so.
the whole, working on the content of the web site rather
than going out selling expensive advertising on a less than
satisfactory web site boasting 'hits' statistics has paid
off in the long run. As you can see from the table below,
the site had well over half a million 'hits' during the
month of May, but that figure only actually equated to 112
thousand pages being viewed by 34 thousand people. At a
little over 8,500 unique readers per week, this is still
a reasonable circulation figure for a small market town
news web site!
for May 2006
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Visitor Statistics Summary for wyenot.com - June 2005 to May 2006
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