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News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 120 - 8th November 2006
Week - [November Otters - JKHS Helps Macmillan - Brake in
Bridstow - St. Weonards and Goodrich Schools]
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November Otters On The River Wye
Having hidden themselves away from canoes, dogs and people
during the main tourist season, I am pleased to report that
the River Wye otters are back by the White
Lion Inn at Wilton.
Jones and Dave Newman saw them first on both Tuesday and
Wednesday mornings but I was unable to get there with a
camera on those occasions. I was with Matt in Cheltenham
Tuesday and Hereford Wednesday for his treatment. On Thursday
though, I dropped Tina at work and then waited around with
both still and movie cameras at the ready to see if they
would make an appearance. I kind of got lucky but I shall
have another go when I'm a little less stressed. This week
has been one of those weeks of early mornings and late nights,
during which I have literally not had a moment to rest.
I have struggled to keep up with all the photography and
have been falling asleep involuntarily whilst writing. Looking
for otters for two hours was a welcome break from dashing
here, there and everywhere.
WNTV footage below . . .
fishing in the River Wye at Wilton. Thursday, 2nd November 2006.
is the one still photograph that I took on the day but I
did also manage to capture some movie film. It is not the
best possible and I will try to improve on it later in the
season. I am no expert when it comes to filming nature movies
but the short clip will at least prove that the River Wye
Otters do exist, and that they are back for the winter months.
Apologies for my description of the seagull - my narrative
is not exactly David Attenborough. I was just so engrossed
in what I was doing and was not particularly thinking at
the time about the film being watched by others. If you
know me well, you will be aware that it could have been
much worse! When I am really stressed I can fit expletives
between the syllables of expletives.
You may have to turn the volume up quite a bit as
the sound was only being picked up by the camera's built
[Click here to view the November
Wye Otters on WNTV]
click the above link to download to your own computer (11.51
Mb). Unlike the still photographs on this web site, permission
is granted to freely distribute any WNTV video, as long
as the films remain unaltered.
Students Helping Cancer Sufferers
at John Kyrle High School recently had fun holding a fancy
dress event to raise funds towards the £3 million
needed to build a new Charles Renton unit for the treatment
of cancer patients at Hereford County Hospital. This was
reported in Wyenot News, Issue
No. 116. As a result of this day of dressing
as nurses and packing bags at Morrisons, they raised over
a school assembly on Monday of this week, a cheque was presented
by sixth form students to Mrs. Joyce Thomas MBE DL, Patron
of Ross Macmillan.
Thomas gratefully accepted the cheque on behalf of Macmillan,
a patron of Ross Macmillan/Renton Group, I would like to
congratulate the students and staff at the John Kyrle High
School & Sixth Form Centre for their excellent fund raising
effort at the school, raising a magnificent £2,361.94.
thanks go to Nigel Griffiths, Headteacher, Mark Croad, Assistant
Head, Sue Vinall, Head of Department, Gwyneth Gill, Head
of Year, Paul Deneen, Teacher and Sue Jones. We appreciate
their efforts very much indeed.'
the photo below at the presentation are Mark Croad, Sue
Vinall, Sam Clement, Amber Williams, Steph Vinall, Joyce
Thomas and Nigel Griffiths
Bridstow childminders, parents and children have been taking
part in Brake's road safety week this week in a bid to make
drivers along the A49 aware of the problems pedestrians
experience when crossing the road to and from school. They
have erected a poster at the side of the road asking people
to drive safely and children are wearing reflective jackets
etc. to draw attention to their presence on the road.
A49 in Bridstow gets busy during peak times and visibility
for pedestrians crossing between the bus stop and the war
memorial is poor. The situation is made more difficult because
drivers caught behind vehicles waiting to turn right towards
the school often use the junction with Bannutree lane to
'undertake'. This can be very dangerous for people crossing
the road as drivers don't always look ahead to check for
problem affects not only those crossing to get to school
but also older children crossing to get to the John Kyrle
Bus and residents walking to the Parish Hall, Church and
the local Mother and Toddler group.
you are a regular driver along the A49 through Bridstow
please look out for people crossing to get to the school,
bus stop, Parish Hall etc. Above all please keep your speed
down and please don't undertake into the junction - after
all the minute or so added to your journey could be all
that's needed to save a child's life.
Gardening at St. Weonards
Marie Curie Cancer Day at St. Weonard's School was spent
gardening. Local Member of Parliament, Paul Keetch visited
the children and pupils also made a live radio broadcast
on BBC Hereford and Worcester.
Usually the school holds a big gardening day in either spring
or summer but this year they decided to hold an autumn gardening
session instead. The children planted daffodils, shrubs
and bulbs in the school grounds to help raise funds for
a Cancer Support Unit.
Weonard's School also recently received an award from 'Flavours
of Herefordshire' for their school dinners.
Paul Keetch MP helps Matthew O'Leary, Tom Fletcher, Olivia
Davies, Thomas Drew, Bobbie Hains and Ethan Coihrum with
the gardening. In the bottom photo, Tom Williams, Dan Craig,
Amy Grant and Lottie Ward stop for a photo with Paul Keetch
MP and Headteacher, Mr David Thomas whilst planting a shrub.
at Goodrich Primary School
Professional musicians, Julia Lynch, Jane Irwin and Paul
Keohone visited Goodrich School on Friday, 3rd November
to sing to the children, giving them a chance to hear how
real opera singers sound. The operatic trio are from Glasgow
and visited the school on the same day that they performed
'Music by the Wye' at Wyastone Hall.
the photo with the opera singers are Lara Naomi, Ali Banks,
whose mum and dad organized the school visit, Beccy Swithenbank,
Ollie Owens, James Watson and Jack Whittaker.
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