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Issue No. 99 - 7th June 2006
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Archbishop blesses Garden of Remembrance at Upton Bishop Church

A beautiful Flower Festival with the theme, 'God in the Garden' took place in the church of St.John the Baptist, Upton Bishop on Saturday, 3rd June. In the evening a 'Songs of Praise' service took place, attended by the Right Reverend Anthony Priddis, Archbishop of Hereford. A new Garden of Remembrance was blessed by the Bishop during the service.

Pictured below, the Archbishop can be seen in the Garden with Jacky Thompson, who was the main architect of the garden. The Phillips family of Upton Bishop can also be seen on a new bench in the garden, placed in memory of family members. Jacky Thompson can be seen again with Pam Steadman, organizer of the flower festival and Benedict and Joshua Kershaw can be seen admiring their work in the children's flower garden display.

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Topical Photography

Top: Congratulations to Bill and Dot Morris of Gable Cottages, Upton Bishop who celebrated their Diamond (60th) wedding anniversary last Thursday. Bill was born in Ross and Dot, in the Upton Bishop cottage in which the couple still live. Bill and Dot were married at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Upton Bishop on 1st June 1946.

Middle: Saturday June 3rd to June 10th is British Heart Week and members of the Ross Branch of the British Heart Foundation met with Mr. Paul Keetch, MP, before setting off to their stand at Morrisons, where they are holding a fund-raising collection throughout this week. The fundraisers will also be collecting donations in the street and there will be a concert at the Baptist Church to help boost their efforts.

The British Heart Foundation plays a leading role in the fight against heart disease by funding research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this disease and also provides information and support for heart patients and their families. The Foundation's aim this year is to provide thirty more specialist nurses to support and care for those living with heart disease. These extra nurses could help over 40,000 more patients and their families every year.

Bottom: John Jarvis, Conservative candidate, winner of the By-election for Kern Bridge ward in his office at Portland House, Whitchurch.




Nature Watch

Colourful wild flowers line both banks of the Wye at Wilton. These photographs were taken on Sunday morning, 4th June.



Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important stations around the country which regularly sends data to the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice per day by husband and wife team, June and Rex Swallow.

Week commencing Monday, 29th May 2006
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 9.2 14.7 13.4 4.1 14.1 14.5 9.9
Rainfall (mm) 1.8 0 0 0 0 0 1.6
Rainfall (inches) .07 0 0 0 0 0 .06
Maximum Temperature (C) 14 15 18 22 22 25 25
Maximum Temperature (F) 57 59 64 72 72 77 77
Minimum Temperature (C) 10 5 5 5 8 7 8
Minimum Temperature (F) 50 41 41 41 46 45 46
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 57 55 58 57 61 64 65
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (F) 60 59 59 60 60 63 64

Week commencing Monday, 22nd May 2006
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 1.9 9.7 2.0 8.3 6.4 0.9 9.3
Rainfall (mm) 3.8 2.9 4.1 2.8 0.1 1.4 Trace
Rainfall (inches) .15 .11 .16 .11 Trace .05 Trace
Maximum Temperature (C) 16 14 14 18 20 17 16
Maximum Temperature (F) 61 57 57 64 68 63 61
Minimum Temperature (C) 10 5 8 8 11 13 9
Minimum Temperature (F) 50 41 46 46 52 55 48
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 55 53 54 55 59 59 56
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (F) 58 58 58 58 60 61 60

Captain Flint moves in at the White Lion

Captain Flint, my orange winged Amazon parrot has moved into the White Lion, so you are welcome to pop along and see him if you are in the area. The Captain is a well cultured parrot and likes singing along, albeit rather painfully, to the music of Pink Floyd and Van Der Graaf Generator.

Landlady, Jacqui Newman was keen to own a parrot and with Tina working in the pub very much full time and myself either away from home or in my office, where the climate is not suitable for a parrot most of the year, I thought the best solution was to move the Captain to the White Lion. Tina will see him more in his new home and I will still be able to visit. He will also have constant people around to keep him occupied.

The Captain has been renamed, 'Bill' following his move to the inn. This is against my wishes and makes me feel very upset. All the same, I hope he is happy in his new home and that visitors to the inn will enjoy being entertained by him.

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Having her first day off in several weeks, Tina came along with me to the hospital fete on Saturday to try and prove that she is the organ grinder and not the monkey.

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