week I published an article stating that Wyenot.com desperately
needed financial help, that I was going to try my utmost
to keep going but that in the very worst case scenario,
I would have to stop updating the web site in January.
response to that article has been just phenomenal and I
am truly grateful to all of those who offered to help, whether
by means of moral, practical or financial support.
or not to publish that article was just about one of the
most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. I really
was not sure I should, even in the final seconds before
uploading last week's Wyenot News to the web server.
In the end, I closed my eyes, pressed the ''upload' button
at a little after midnight, Greenwich Mean Time and went
to bed. I did not sleep that night.
now I am still not sure that publishing was the right decision
but doing so has saved the day, more than anything by showing
me just how many faithful readers of my Weekly news there
are out there in the ether, who really do care for and take
an interest in the town of Ross-on-Wye.
to the publication arrived in from the whole of Planet Earth,
which proved to me that the hard work involved is all worthwhile.
As a result of comments received, I really do see a positive,
shall not make this a huge article but there are a few people
I would particularly like to thank for their support, which
helped me over a very difficult period, when a lot of equipment
broke down at once and brought the situation to a critical
you to: Dave and Jacqui Newman at the White
Lion, Nick and Angie Stephens at Rose
Cottage, Norman Bricknell of Morris
Bricknell, Helen Faulkner and Andy Stubbs of Minerva
Interiors, Alison and Roger Arnold from Architectural
Ironmongery, Ross Town Council, Ross Chamber of Commerce
and The Ross Gazette.
you also to the following individual readers of Wyenot News
who helped. I have not mentioned surnames as most wish to
remain anonymous: regular readers in California and Australia,
to Geoff, Kevin, Julie, Sean, to another two readers in
particular from Lincoln Hill (you know who you are) and
to the many others from all around the world who wrote to
offer moral support.
you all you have helped me survive a very difficult period
with Wyenot News. With the aid of some of you who have come
up with some excellent ideas, I am working hard on a new
business plan so that Wyenot.com begins to work for me as
well as for the town. It is all of you collectively however
who have given me the encouragement I needed to continue
working for Ross-on-Wye as a whole for many years to come!
Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers and supporters!
of the usual crazy stuff continues on the following pages
. . .
week's Wyenot News is more pictorial than it is wordy as
it has been an extremely busy week. I have been here, there
and just about everywhere taking the photos of Marys, Josephs
and Baby Jesi as well as having to find time to have two
teeth yanked out on Monday to cure a ramping toothache (apologies
for the three school jobs I had to cancel that morning).
As a result I have had little time to prepare much by way
of editorial to go with all the photos taken.