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Issue No. 101 - 28th June 2006
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This Week - [The White Lion Festival - Theft Information Please]
[Exhibition of Art, Design and Technology at JKHS - Ross In Bloom]
[Silver Medal Cyclist Oli Beckinsale - School Fetes - Brampton Abbotts Helping in Uganda - Treasure Hunt]
[Bring a Bear - Visit from Down Under - Learning Walk - Violette Szabo Walk - Blot on the Landscape]
[Queen's Children's Party - Supporting Macmillan - Nature Watch - Ross Weather Station - Competition]

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The Queen's Children's Party

The Queen will be holding a special children's party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate not only her 80th birthday, but also British children's literature and the magic of books. But of course, palace places are limited, so libraries all over the country are have been holding their own events.

On Saturday 24th June, libraries in Ross, Hereford, Leominster and Ledbury were converted into gardens for craft and story parties. At the party, children were able to pick up a right royal quiz sheet and Madeline Philp won a 5.00 book token.

Mary Sinclair-Powell from the Heritage Centre who has been invited to the real thing at Buckingham Palace in July, graciously consented to attend the children's garden party and drew the winner of the Quiz Competition during story time



Supporting Macmillan

Jacqui Newman, Landlady of the White Lion Inn, Wilton presented a cheque for £400 to Marian Contreras and Joan Freshwater of Ross Macmillan Cancer Support Committee during the festival on Sunday, 27th June.

The White Lion Inn has been supporting Macmillan over the past year and raised the money by holding a Christmas raffle, an Easter raffle and a quiz.


Nature Watch: Sand, Sea and Seagulls

Although is does not seem like we did now, Tina and I did get away from Ross for a little over two days last week and I photographed sea birds rather than Ross birds.

Just to prove that we did escape, here are some photos of seagulls. Tina also posed by the Wyenot Mobile on the beach at a place which, according to GPS is located exactly 48.2 miles SSW of my office (as the seagull flies). The precise National Grid Reference of the photo is: ST 29124 53868 - Brean Sands.


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. . . but if they did, they would probably be the best holiday snaps in the world!

Nature Watch: Readers' Photos

Thank you to readers, Julie Andrews and Mike Arnison for sending in the two lovely photos below.

Julie took the photo of the Grey Wagtail when she was, in her own words, 'on my patch the other day' - under Wilton Bridge.

Mike sent in the photo of foxgloves taking the place of felled trees in the Forest of Dean following the tree felling article in the last issue of Wyenot News.

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.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 12th June 2006
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 5.2 2.4 3.7 13.0 12.6 14.4 2.3
Rainfall (mm) 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0.8
Rainfall (inches) .01 0 0 0 0 0 .03
Maximum Temperature (C) 25 19 19 23 25 27 19
Maximum Temperature (F) 77 66 66 73 77 81 66
Minimum Temperature (C) 17 11 12 12 9 14 14
Minimum Temperature (F) 63 52 54 54 48 57 57
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 72 67 65 68 66 71 70
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (F) 69 68 67 67 67 68 69

Win Tickets to the August Bank Holiday 'Summer Spectacular'

This year, a 'Summer Spectacular' will be taking place on the Rope Walk site which previously hosted Ross International Festival. (Full details of which can be found by clicking here.)

Wyenot 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.

What type of mammals were photographed swimming in the River Wye at Wilton earlier this year:

a: hump back whales?
b: beavers?
c: otters?

What is the surname of June and Rex, the couple who monitor Ross-on-Wye Weather Station:

a: Swallow?
b: Sparrow?
c: Peregrine Falcon?

TV presenter, Chris Tarrant recently visited the White Lion Inn and Broome Farm. What is the first name of his wife:

a: Enid?
b: Ingrid?
c: Tracy?

Which famous historical character who died 201 years ago once visited Ross-on-Wye?

a: Ludwig Van Beethoven?
b: King Cnut?
c: Admiral Lord Nelson?

Please 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 lists.) A 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.

These 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

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