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Issue No. 112 - 13th September 2006
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Newent Onion Fayre

The streets of Newent were packed on Saturday with people flocking from miles around to visit the hugely successful annual Onion Fayre. Last year's event was unfortunately washed out due to very heavy rain, which flooded the streets but the sun shone on Saturday, 9th September and as can be seen, the day was a huge success.

Saturday was my first ever visit to the Onion Fayre and pictured below are some scenes from the streets of Newent and some from the Onion Fayre itself, which was held in the Memorial Hall. Newent's Mayor, Councillor Offord can be seen presenting Mrs. Blewitt with the Newent in Bloom cup for Supreme Champion.

Also pictured below is 'Willium' who has been Newent's town crier for 29 years. At the age of 88, Willium is not only the oldest town crier in England, he is the oldest town crier in the world! He is probably also the world's only town crier to have earned a Blue Peter Badge! I spoke to Newent's Deputy Mayor, Councillor Len Lawton on Saturday and he proudly told me, 'We have had Willium as town crier for a long time now. He is a great personality and we would like to hang on to him for many more years to come.'









Free Song and Music Sessions in the Forest of Dean

After seven and a half years, the free music session, held on the 3rd Sunday at The Malt Shovel is moving. Starting on September 17th, the new venue is at The Miners Arms Whitecroft.

Organizers Chris and Bev Arscott would like to thank everyone for supporting the sessions over the years and look forward to seeing you at the new venue.

On Sunday, 17th September a Launch Party will be taking place at new venue. Wild Oats Mixed Border Morris as well as other invited morris sides will be there to provide some of the entertainment.

The Miners Arms is on the B4234 between Parkend and Lydney, near the level crossing in the middle of Whitecroft. For further information please call Chris & Bev at Church House on 01594 542358.

Catch Chris, hosting his Folk & Acoustic Program, on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm (repeated Sun at 10:00 am) on Forest of Dean Radio 1521 & 1503 MW or (click on 'listen live'). Weekly 'What's On' news is also available on FoD Radio at 6.45pm on Fridays and is repeated at 11.45am on Saturdays.

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, 4th September 2006
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 1.0 3.7 7.8 11.2 11.3 9.7 10.1
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (inches) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maximum Temperature (C) 21 23 24 21 21 23 25
Maximum Temperature (F) 70 73 75 70 70 73 77
Minimum Temperature (C) 14 17 17 10 6 9 8
Minimum Temperature (F) 57 63 63 50 43 48 46
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 63 65 65 63 58 59 60
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (F) 64 65 66 65 65 65 65

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