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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 107 - 9th August 2006
Week - [A
Very Successful Ross Town Carnival 2006]
2006 - Carnival Winners]
Carnival Guided Tour - More Carnival Photos - Odd Object Winners - Nursery
Road Community Gardens]
[Please Help Macmillan - Nesting Place - The One that Didn't Get
Away - Monmouth Finale - Letters - Weather Station]
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Help Macmillan Cancer Relief!
The Ross support group for Macmillan needs the help of Ross
& South Herefordshire people towards building the new Macmillan
Renton cancer treatment unit at Hereford Hospital.
Cancer Support and Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust have joined
forces to provide a new £3.3m cancer treatment unit at Hereford
County Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support needs to raise
at least £1.5m from the people of Herefordshire to make
needs a new, state of the art, chemotherapy unit for local
people who need treatment for cancer. The current Charles
Renton Unit needs to expand to meet the growing demand for
chemotherapy from people in Herefordshire and Powys: the
number of people with cancer is increasing, and changes
in drugs and other treatments mean that more people can
be treated closer to home. Cancer does not just affect the
person being treated - it impacts upon their families, friends
and those who are treating them. This is why Macmillan Cancer
Support has made sure that, in addition to excellent treatment
facilities for patients and staff, the little touches that
make the difference have been included in the design of
the new unit. Things such as comfortable chairs in the waiting
room, a children's play area and somewhere to make a drink,
will reduce the anxiety of people having treatment and also
those who care about them.
everyone can have chemotherapy treatment in Hereford because
of the nature of different cancers, but this new unit will
make sure that no-one is turned away because of a lack of
space. It will provide a relaxed, welcoming environment
for people with cancer and the people who are looking after
them, to make the journey through cancer treatment as stress-free
as possible. For Ross people this will be of immense help,
saving the long trip to Cheltenham.
the next two years we are going all out to raise the first
£750,000 so that the building can begin. It can't be done
without the help of our whole community & we hope that as
well as supporting events held by the support group, people
will be willing to hold their own events & the money can
be sent from Ross towards this Herefordshire project.
local committee will be pleased to help in any way possible.
With the support of the whole community we can make this
happen & help to improve life for local people at a very
is not one of those things which happens to somebody else!
recently, although I have always supported and tried to
help Macmillan, thoughts of cancer were something I stored
in the lesser used areas of my mind. Cancer was a disease
which ageing relatives died of and younger members of other
people's families suffered. Wrong! Cancer can happen to
anybody, regardless of age, rank, political affiliation,
religion or geographical location and I recently find myself
very mindful of this fact.
people at Cheltenham hospital who deal with cancer sufferers
are lovely and the oncology unit is a remarkable place!
Cheltenham however is an extremely time consuming and expensive
place to get to from Herefordshire if one has to make regular
own son is due to start an intensive course of chemotherapy
for up to eight months from today, Wednesday, 9th August.
As you read this issue of Wyenot News we are probably in
Cheltenham hospital. So far, following his initial operations
in Hereford, I have taken him to the oncology unit in Cheltenham
four times for various pre-treatment tests and safeguards
for his future - which is virtually assured with the correct
years ago, my son's future would have been far from assured
and had I suffered the same illness at the same age as Matt,
you probably would not be reading this article. Money and
time given by ordinary people have made this very positive
change possible! Already though, as a whole family we are
finding the travelling a real extra strain on top of dealing
with the illness itself. Getting to bed late as life, work
has to go on followed by getting up early to get to hospital
is taking its toll.
do not think that I am asking for personal help here. I
am not - together as a family and with friends we can cope
and that is the very last thing on my mind. As soon as more
types of cancer are treatable in Hereford though, an awful
lot of future, local cancer sufferers and their families
will be saved the extra stress caused by having to travel
miles for treatment.
- those ordinary people in the photo above, who are just
like you and I - are a terrific, dedicated group of individuals
who are trying desperately to help local cancer sufferers
receive the treatment they need, a lot closer to home. They
help sufferers and their relatives in many other ways also.
Please try to give them all the support that you are able.
to the Nesting Place
A new carpet and soft furnishings shop was opened in Brookend
Street on Saturday 5th August, with champagne and nibbles
being given to all who attended the opening. The Nesting
Place is a family run business that supplies curtains both
ready made and made to measure as well as a whole range
of carpets and beautiful bed linen.
Brian and Christine Allon have several years experience
in the trade. Their other outlet, Kestrel Carpets has been
running very successfully in Hereford for the last two and
a half years and they are looking forward to welcoming new
customers in Ross-on-Wye to The Nesting Place. Further information
on The Nesting Place in the form of a full page about the
new shop please
left to right before the shop opened its doors to the public
for the first time on Saturday morning are Christine, Brian,
Sally-Anne and Kelly at The Nesting Place.
One That Didn't Get Away!
In the photograph below you will see a proud Daz Jenkins
holding up his big catch of a barbel fish which was caught
on the banks of the River Wye on Wednesday 2nd August. Apparently,
the size of the fish, 10lb 8oz, is astounding given the
current low water level of the Wye. Barbel are usually caught
between June and October, preferring fast, streamy waters
and are often described as being elusive and one of the
toughest of the river species who put up a real fight. This
particular fish was caught on a size 8 hair-rig with a strawberry
Monmouth Finale (Oh Dear, I'm in trouble - she's
on the moan and groan!)
I covered the 'Man' concert at Monmouth Festival 2006
in last week's Wyenot News, I mentioned that, all being
well I would still cover the finale night. Stepping aside
from this issue for a moment though, as a result of last
week's report, I'm in trouble from 'er indoors. She's
been on the moan and groan all week because I published
the 'drowned rats in the rain' photo, which I have to
admit is probably the most unflattering photo of Tina
I have ever taken. To make up for this, below you can
see our party at Monmouth on the finale evening: Paul,
Ali and Theresa, Tina, Matt, Leon and Adam. Sorry for
last week's photo Tina and I hope this one is more to
your satisfaction. (Hair by Anthony, shoes by Clarke's,
hip flask by Carling, handbag by Acme Hardware.)
for coverage of the music. When we first arrived, I spoke
to a different person to the usual helpful man about photographing
the evening, he spoke to another 'jobsworth' and in the
end, the trouble I would have had to go to, to photograph
the evening was just not worth the hassle so I did not bother
to take a single shot. Having covered Monmouth festival
on Wyenot News for at least the past four years, if that
is the way of the future, I shall not bother again.
it happens, we did stay for a while afterwards to listen
but, to be honest, had I been in my own car, feeling absolutely
shattered after a long day at a couple of shop openings
followed by Ross Carnival, I would have gone straight home.
Unlike the great evening last Saturday, I found the first
band on the finale night at Monmouth were not exactly my
cup of tea - they were a little like watching paint dry.
I kept quiet however for the sake of the rest of the party.
I like and can listen to most types of good music but when
the second band came on stage, after the first two songs
I thought, 'Oh no - I can't stand this poop for the rest
of the evening' so I made the excuse that I was going off
to get a cup of tea and a burger. Monmouth Festival Finale
night, without fail, always used to be fantastic but these
days, it seems that the great Monmouth musicians; The Mighty
Pledge, Martinez brothers, Blethyn, Rick and Dick etc.,
who started the event in the first place and always made
the finale night such a memorable occasion no longer get
to perform at it.
whilst I was sitting alone, eating and slurping in a quietish
corner away from the crowd and the noise and thinking that
I was the strange one for not enjoying it, Paul and Ali
appeared. Turned out that they had been feeling the same.
To cut a long story short, it also turned out that every
member of our party had been enduring the 'music' for the
sake of the others. Once this had been firmly established,
we all left and adjourned to the Nag's Head, where we had
a great time and enjoyed the rest of our Saturday night.
Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my life
. . . DSC_4507
was a karaoke evening going on in the Nag's Head, at which
Leon and Tina performed, let's just say an 'interesting'
version of 'Paranoid' by Black Sabbath. Above is this issue's
'Embarrassing Photo of the Week'. Paul, who was driving,
Matt who can't drink alcohol at the moment and I were stone
cold sober (if that's the correct expression to use on an
evening that actually made Hell seem like a relatively cool
place to visit) so it was an especially interesting and
amusing performance to the three of us.
As a former Ross and district (Goodrich) resident and former
business man in Ross ( my ex wife and I founded Meaders
Restaurant) I am pleased to have discovered your web site.
am in the process of writing my memoirs and I am trying
to obtain a copy or borrow a copy of Fred Druce's book "The
Light of their Days" (Country life Around Ross 1870-1940)
published by Bosbury Press Ltd. If anyone can help I would
be most grateful. Apparently the chapter on Tradesmen, Craftsmen
& Servants shows a picture of my great grandfather John
and my grandfather George working on a wagon.
you are able to help John with a copy of Fred Druce's book,
and I will put you in touch.
there my name is Laura Howells I am just emailing to say
thank you for the Blues Brother tickets. It was a lovely
surprise to find that I had actually won something.
I will see you down there!
thanks for the tickets to the Rat Pack concert. We are always
in Ross for the Regatta so the concert will be a great finish
to the weekend!
you to Laura and Jan above. No problem. I hope all who won
the tickets enjoy the concerts! All being well I shall pop
along before one of each concert to take some photos. Although
all three concerts look to be good events, the music is
not really my personal taste - I'm more a 'Syd Barratt'
to 'Wish You Were Here' era Pink Floyd fan (though my son
is slowly converting me to like Metallica - love their version
of 'Whiskey in the Jar')! I also have a lot of other things
to cover that particular weekend, so I may not be able to
stay all through. All the same, I hope those who do like
that music enjoy themselves very much!
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.
for week commencing Monday, 31st July 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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