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No. 140 - 28th March 2007
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on the carnivorous flora in Chase Woods
week I received a phone call from a Mrs. Baker of Tudorville,
who related her unusual experience in the woods at the end
of Penyard Lane of the day before. 'A strange plant poisoned
my dog!' She exclaimed, having first ascertained that she
was in fact talking to Wyenot News. 'I'm sure I saw it turn
its leaves before ejecting a clear liquid onto his fur,
almost as if it were spitting. The dog yelped and he seemed
dazed but I was able to pick him up. The effect did wear
off after a time and he recovered. He seemed very tired
afterwards, not wanting to walk so I took him home. I called
the vet to be on the safe side and was told to bring him
in later if he showed no further signs of recovery. He slept
soundly all night and is back to his usual yappy self now
but I wanted to warn other local dog walkers who visit the
. . .
story struck me as unusual so I decided to go to the woods
myself and investigate. Following
Mrs Baker's explicit directions, I only had to walk a short
distance along the woodland path before spotting what appeared
to be a large specimen of Dionaea muscipula growing wild
- right next to the usual daffodils. Dionaea muscipula is
more commonly known as the 'Venus Flytrap' and is usually
only found in nitrogen-poor, warm conditions. It is in fact
a native of North and South Carolina in the United States.
Venus Flytrap is one of the world's few carnivorous plants.
It lives mainly on flies and spiders but larger specimens,
discovered to be affected by genetic modification of American
tobacco plantations have been known to anaesthetize and
then slowly devour the odd cat or small dog. On discovering
the plants, I took the photograph above then immediately
rushed home to inform local botanist, Dr. Greg Stephens.
Stephens informed me that the Government had actually been
aware of this problem for some time. They did not want to
alarm the public but had in fact, already secretly appointed
a 'Minister for Carnivorous Plants'. Their concerns being
that, like the wild boar population which is increasing
rapidly in Chase Woods, with the warmer weather currently
being experienced globally, meat eating flora could become
prolific in local woodland.
is unknown how the species first found its way from the
USA to Chase Woods. One theory is that it was introduced
deliberately by a local hippy cult. The plant is not lethal
to humans but it can give a nip if a finger is inserted
into the jaw shaped leaves, which can feel strangely pleasant
but is non-adictive. The plant's venom contains high levels
of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), known for its mind
blowing hallucinogenic properties. Despite being a meat
eater, the plant pollinates in the usual way. Bees are safe
as long as they do not land on the leaves. The plant's white
flowers encourage pollination by giving off a sweet scent
and are extremely predictable, beginning to appear precisely
at the same time every year; just after sunrise at the beginning
Mayors Charity Ball 2007
The Chase Hotel was the venue for the Mayors Annual Charity
Ball which took place on Saturday 24th March, with all of
the proceeds from the event being donated to The League
of Friends of Ross Community Hospital. Ross Town Mayor,
Councillor Phil Cutter and his wife Christine welcomed several
guests to the ball which included mayors and councillors
from other towns, Ross Town Councillors and other local
a pre dinner drink guests adjourned to the banquet hall
and enjoyed a delicious three course meal. The Mayor then
made a short speech thanking all of those who had contributed
to his chosen charity, including:
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fountain, Mr. Mervyn James, The Mayor
of Monmouth, Dr. Leeman, Mr. and Mrs. A. Porter, Mrs. Virginia
Taylor, Mr. T. G. Williams, Morris Bricknell, Mr. And Mrs.
Pinnell, Mr. And Mrs. Chester, Elizabeth Childs, Ross Civic
Society, Councillor John Edwards, Mr. And Mrs. Thomas, The
Mayor of Tenbury Wells, Mr. Tony Lowther, Mr. R. Wolf, Mr.
And Mrs. Malcolm Harbour MEP, Councillor Stuart Thomas,
Mr. And Mrs. Les Wild, Mr. And Mrs. Alder, Major CA deC
Jones, Masonic Lodge, Newent Town Council and the Ross Branch
of The Royal British Legion.
There was a variety of prizes to be won in the draw and
the sale of draw tickets raised £290. Other donations raised
a further £738.50.
jazz band kept people entertained for the rest of the evening.
We left the ball quite late in the evening, leaving the
Mayor in his element, playing the drums with the band.
photos of the Mayor's Ball can be seen on page 3 of this
week's Wyenot News and all photographs can be viewed in
weeks ago I made the decision to stop supplying photographs
and editorial to all newspapers on a regular basis. I do
still support the local press wholeheartedly and do not
mind supplying the odd picture every now and again but it
will be just occasionally rather than regularly.
reason for this decision is that I felt I was losing my
local identity to the printed press and being a newspaper
photographer was not what I envisaged when I started Wyenot.
News has a huge readership both nationally and internationally
with between 2,500 and 6,000 pages of the web site as a
whole being read daily at present, but in order to make
the publication work for the local community, I need to
increase the local readership. If everything I cover
appears somewhere in the local printed press, mostly unaccredited,
this will never happen.
hope that you will understand this decision, which I have
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manage here, both photographically and editorially.
Silvia Williams and Pauline Jenkins (pictured below) of
Milkwood Care Limited organized a 'Jailbreak 2007' party
at the Prince of Wales on Saturday evening to raise money
for the Air Ambulance, Macmillan and Pet Rescue. Milkwood
Care Ltd. are always happy to help local charities whenever
possible. Silvia and Pauline would like to thank all who
supported the event.
Organizers, Silvia Williams and Pauline Jenkins. Ref: DSC_5520
The Prosser family and friends enjoying the fund-raising evening.
assaulted at Ross Market
man was assaulted near the Market House in Ross-on-Wye.
The incident took place between 11.30pm on Friday, 23rd
March and 12.41am the next morning. The victim had been
awaiting a taxi when he noticed a young woman being harassed
by a group of around five young men. He walked over to the
group to assist the woman and handed his mobile phone to
another unidentified young woman in order that she could
call the police.
rescued the young woman from the disturbance, the victim
became aware of another group of males having arrived, who
then began assaulting him. The victim was left lying on
the floor and the whole group then left the area, including
the girl he had handed his phone to.
would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident
or has information about the identities of any of those
involved. The young woman who took possession of the phone
is described as being white, aged 17/18 and quite well built,
with blonde hair. She was wearing a skirt. The male who
was described as initially harassing the young woman was
described as being white, around 5ft 8ins tall and of muscular
build. He was said to have unusual shaped cuts into his
hairstyle and a distinctive scar on the left of his face,
close to his mouth. The remainder of the group were said
to be aged in their middle to late teens.
witnesses to the incident are asked to contact PC Terry
Williams at Ross-on-Wye Police Station on 08457 444888 quoting
would also like to speak to the young woman who took the
mobile phone in order that it can be returned to its rightful
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