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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 118 - 25th October 2006
Week - [Creepy
Crawlies Invade Ross Library - Wyenot News Business of the Week]
[Bridge at Wilton Restaurant of the Year - Thank You - Lea Primary News
- Pirates of St. Joseph's]
Fashion Show - Advent Market - Gorsley Goffs News - Playgroup Harvest
- Quiz - Christmas Menus - Fireworks]
[Autumn in the Forest - Man on a Mission - More Friends' Pics - Genealogy
- Ledbury Station - Rugby - Weather Station]
[Wyenot TV] [What's
to Z Site Map] [Property]
in the Forest - Photographed by Mike Arnison
Thank you to Mike Arnison for sending in the two beautiful
autumn photographs below. Mike, who lives in Cinderford
is an excellent photographer and his work really deserves
to be seen.
started taking photographs about forty years ago but every
time a box of slides or a package of prints came back from
the developers there was always some disappointment. Most
of the shots did not seem to portray the scene or subject
as I had intended,' said Mike.
and processing costs started to rise, my interest in photography
started to wane and I turned more towards my other hobby
the arrival of digital photography however, with no processing
costs for all those 'duff' photographs, my interest in photography
has taken on a new lease of life. During the six years since
taking early retirement I have set out to improve my previous
photographic results by taking a photographic course with
the 'Open Arts College' and by gaining my Licentiateship
(LRPS) distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.
submit many images to an online photo gallery Ephotozine.com
where other members critique uploaded images, registration
is free. I find it a very friendly and helpful site for
improving photographic skills. I have even had one of my
images published in a new book on photographic techniques
produced by the site. I print and frame my photographs on
matt art paper, for family and friends, but use, www.fotolibria.com,
for the sale of my images.'
photographs by Mike will be appearing in future editions
of Wyenot News.
Man on a Mission
More Remarkable Trees at Upton Bishop.
man on a mission, Thomas Pakenham lugged a 30-pound large-format
camera across four continents in search of the most famous,
celebrated and just plain beautiful trees around the world.
portfolio includes both well-known trees and new discoveries:
Dwarfs, Giants, Monuments and Aliens, with portraits of
tiny, twisted bonsai, strangler figs, giant redwoods, ancient
joshua trees and the even-more-ancient bristlecone pines.
in best selling books now famous throughout the world, these
images will be shown to full stunning effect at Upton Bishop
Millennium Hall on Friday 10th November at 7pm in a personal
presentation by the author of his work.
unique event is staged in aid of The St John the Baptist
Tower Appeal and £5 tickets are available from Ross Books
or by phone on 01989 780321.
Photos of the Friends' Meeting House
Following last week's article about the improvements to
the ancient Friends Meeting House in Brampton Street, I
have received several requests to view all photos I took
during the course of the morning. I have therefore made
them available for viewing in a slide show gallery, which
will open in a separate window if you click
and People Enquiries
is the genealogy season again! Because this web site is
linked to by many genealogy sites, people automatically
assume that I am a genealogist. This is not the case. You
are welcome to send in your enquiries by all means but please
do not expect me to automatically know the name of your
great great grandfather's cousin, six times removed's dog.
(Believe me, I really do get letters like that!)
am not really into genealogy at all (other than that I keep
my own family records) and do not have the time to research
your family myself but I will help where I can by publishing
your enquiries. They will be published as received (no editing).
for Ted West
am looking for
my uncle. His name was Ted West. He lived at Weston under
Penyard and was a school master in Ross. He was a close
friend of my family but I have not heard from him since
1980. Can you ask if anybody knew him please. I would like
to know what happened to him.
have to confess that, due to a computer system failure which
occurred about a year ago and deleted my address book, I
have lost the emails and addresses of those who have made
past enquiries about the Assinder family. As I received
the information below in reply to various previously published
Assinder enquiries, all I can do is publish it and hope
that all Assinder researchers can meet up by reading the
various letters published in back
issues of Wyenot News. Ed. . . .
Robin Carey - Ref: Issue No. 33, Feb 05
to "Assinder" Enquiry from Colin Smith, Cannock, Staffs.
I have the 4 birth certs of the daughters you list, Amy
Thirza is my grandmother's The details of their mum & dad
are on the "Keyse" web site, which informs that the Keyse
originate from the area between Newent & Ross. The site
identifies 2 well known Keyse. My next job is to do a birth
marriage & death search on William Assinder, can you save
me the trouble. We always thought the familly came over
from France, Eliza Keyse looked very meditterean, it was
thought from Corsica, and we had passed downinnthe familly
two large gold bound books of England in french.
only received the 4 birth certs yesterday so it is early
days in my research. The Keyes website is very interesting
because it is very local to Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
with two infamous names named on the site. From the information
I have gathered from there, I have looked up the place names
on the ordanance survey map whch differ from those mentioned
in my first email. William Assinder's place of birth is
given as Llaganan in 1849, but I am assuming this should
be written Llangarron, west of Ross, and is close to the
place of birth of his future wife Eliza Keyse at St Weonards.
Her was fatherThomas Keyse whose place of birth was Llanwarne
1827, and was a Hurdle Maker. He probably worked at Llanwarne
Court He was christained in Newent 17/9/1827. The census
1881 and 1901 shows he stayed in Lanwarne. The records show
that he died twice apparently 7/1/1902 and 7/2/1902. Perhaps
Llanwarne has already witnessed the Second Coming! My next
job is to get the geneology on William Assinder, we always
thought he came from France escaping the Hugenot persecutions.
His daughter Amy Thirza looked very Meditterreanian, we
thought from Corsica. It would be good to hear from Colin
Smith of Cannock Staffs, I have done a diretory enquiry,
there are 12 C Smiths in Cannock unfortunately. It would
be good to hear from anybody else too.
you would like to contact either of the above enquirers,
and I will put you in touch.
Railway Station 1963
Thank you to John Thorn for sending in the photo of Ledbury
Railway Station, which he took in 1963. For the sake of
comparison, below is one I took myself in 2004. More Ledbury
railway station photos can be seen here.
Ashley Down Old Boys 15 Ross on Wye 30
in second place after four games, Ross were looking to keep
up the pressure on league leaders Dursley last Saturday
as they looked for their first win in Bristol against Ashley
Down Old Boys. In blustery conditions it was important for
Ross to start strongly and Ashley Down obliged as they failed
to take the kick off and immediately conceded a lineout
in their own 22. The Ross forwards took advantage of Ashley
Down's generosity working through three phases of quick
ball. From the last ruck, the ball was moved quickly along
the Ross backline to winger Dan Weston who cut inside the
Ashley Down defence to score. Chris Gage converted and Ross
were 7-0 up after five minutes.
such a bright start Ross continued to move a big Ashley
Down pack around the park. However their adventurous approach
was undone, either by too many errors or the referee's whistle,
as the penalty count against them grew. The stop, start
nature of the half definitely played into Ashley Downs hands,
however they were unable to make inroads into a well organized
Ross defence. As the game entered its second quarter Ross
added to their lead with a Chris Gage penalty. From the
kick off Ashley Down infringed again and from their own
10 yard line, Chris Gage indicated a kick for goal some
60 metres out. Even with the wind at his back this was a
towering kick that gave Ross a 13-0 lead. Ross were now
in control of the game, however further infringements gave
Ashley Down a lineout 10 yards out and from the resulting
driving maul they crashed over, cutting Ross's lead to 13-5
at half time.
the wind in their faces Ross knew they had to cut out the
errors and penalties in the second half if they were to
prevent the Ashley Down pack from camping themselves in
the Ross 22. As in the first half, Ross started the second
half the brightest. With Gavin Oates and Wayne Williams
showing up well in the loose and with the error count reduced,
they began to stretch the Ashley Down defence. After some
strong running up the middle from first Joe Gittins then
Dave Mince, the ball was moved quickly right. Adam Clements
cut inside his man, offloading to Wayne Bishop, who moved
the ball back inside to Alistair Rees. He was tackled 5
yards out but managed to offload to Chris Gage, who scored,
giving Ross an 18-5 lead. Ross continued to keep up the
pressure. With Nick Rawlings finding his jumpers and the
scrum holding steady, Ross stepped up the pace looking for
that third try. Matt Jones drove hard into the Ashley defence,
the ball was quickly recycled and Tara Barnett sucked in
the Ashley defence. Simon Gwynne moved the ball left and
after some slick handling, winger Dan Weston added his second
and Ross's third try, putting them 23-5 up. Ashley
Down did rally, cutting the deficit to 23-10 with a try
after 60 minutes. However, Chay Brine added a brilliant
individual score to give Ross a 30-10 lead. With 10 minutes
to go, Ashley Down did add another score, however it was
too little too late as Ross ran out 30-15 victors.
was a successful day all round for the club as Ross 2nds
also won, defeating Ashley Down 2nds 24-10. Next Saturday
28th sees Ross at home in Cup action against Bristol Saracens.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
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, 16th October 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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