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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 160 - Wednesday, 15th August 2007
Friday Night Music at the Hope & Anchor
I missed the Saturday music at the Prince
of Wales this week as I was at the 'Jamstand' river
side event. However, with Tina working at the White
Lion, I did manage to get along to the Hope
& Anchor for a short time on Friday, where Simon
Blight was performing in the garden. Lots of people were
there enjoying the evening of entertainment.
coming Friday, the fantastic Will Killeen will
be performing his blues set at the Hope
& Anchor and I am really looking forward to that
one as Will is both a friend and one of my favourite performers.
Unfortunately, Tina is working so she will not be able to
attend, and even unfortunatelyer, she may have to meet me
after work and walk home because I intend to leave the car
at home and enjoy one of my relatively infrequent evenings
drinking something other than tea or coffee to relax.
Saturday, Double barrel are at The
Plough and 'Snatch' are playing at the Prince
of Wales. I have not seen 'Snatch' before but I expect
we will go to both at some stage and one of them will generate
next week's 'Tina Dancing' photo.
Ross Lions Duck Colouring Contest Winners
One of the free events put on by the Lions at this year's
Carnival was a Duck Colouring Contest for children aged
between two and twelve. Giving the children the outline
of a duck they were asked to colour it in and stick feathers
on it to make it look as real as possible. The prizes were
nominal and consisted of vouchers for Woolworths, a bag
of goodies and a certificate.
thirty-five youngsters enjoyed the afternoon spending quite
a bit of time at the stall colouring to their hearts content.
Looked after by members of the Ross Lions and some of their
wives, the children were able to relax and enjoy themselves.
As entry was free even parents enjoyed it and thought it
was a good idea. The entries were split into three age groups,
2 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 to 12.
winner of the youngest age group was Sasha Ives of Upton
Bishop, winner of the middle age group was Holly Jones of
Gloucester, who was visiting her grandparents in Ross, and
the upper age group winner was Holly's sister Amy Jones
also of Gloucester. The Lions decided that the overall winner
of the contest was Holly Jones who was awarded first prize.
vouchers, goodies and certificates were presented to the
children by the Ross Lions president, Lion Keith Wilding,
at the Heritage Centre in the presence of parents, Linda
Jones, Malcolm and Elaine Ives. Keith said he was glad the
children had taken part in the contest and hoped they enjoyed
it as much as he had. He told the parents that the Lions
planned to continue to provide free entertainment at the
Carnival because he knew how expensive it was to keep youngsters
occupied. The Lions had done this in the past and were now
resurrecting the practice.
prizes were awarded at other Lions Carnival activities.
Free entertainment was also provided in the form of Uncle
Jack, who kept a really big crowd on their toes. The Lions
look forward to seeing you all at the Ross Carnival next
year. However, before then, there will be the Ross Lions
Bonfire and Firework Spectacular at the Chase Hotel, where
spectators can watch and enjoy Guy Fawkes Night in safety.
Back Linda Jones, Ross Lions president Keith Wilding and Elaine
Ives. Front: Amy Jones, Holly Jones and Sasha Ives.
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Heritage Centre was a hive of activity on Tuesday, full
of children wanting to take part in the kite making session
event began at eleven, so we thought we'd wait a while for
the children to get started before going along to take some
our arrival, our friend Sue Parker, who is a Heritage Centre
Assistant informed us that we had been missed by our special
friend Amy King, who not only arrived at the event 15 minutes
early, she also kept looking out for us as she knew that
'Uncle Alan' was going to take a photograph there and was
hoping to show off her kite to Wyenot News readers.
for us Sue happened to have her camera with her and she
kindly took a photograph of Amy with her handiwork.
a really lovely kite Amy. I'm sorry we were too late to
meet you there, but it was lovely to see you later in the
day. Hope you enjoyed 'Shrek 3.'
look forward to seeing you again soon. x x
Proudly showing off their kites are: Nathaniel, Edward, Ella, Gabby,
Harry, Sarah, Melissa and Natasha. Ref: DSC_0222
decided to back away from using the 'YouTube' web server
to serve 'Wyenot News' video footage, I have redesigned
the look of the WNTV
Index Page to include clickable thumbnail images which
link directly to the video clips. For
now, I have made thumbnails for just a few of the more recently
uploaded video clips as backtracking to do them all would
be far too time consuming at this point.
the past year, judging by the amount of times each film
is watched, I have learned which video subjects are most
popular and which are not. Going on the fact that 'Wyenot
News' has many thousands of both local and world wide
readers, organizers of events to attract tourists should
take note of this . . .
guess it is human nature but the disaster movies, such as
floods and the air ambulance are the most popular. Second
most popular were the slide shows of scenic photos - and
strangely enough, one I did not expect to be popular - the
two part personal film of my stay in Dhahran. I am really
quite surprised by this one.
music videos - well most of these are the third most popular
with viewers and this is where organizers of tourism events
need to take note.
has a terrific bandstand, which needs to be used far more
than it is! However. With the one exception of Ross Town
Band - the video of which has had lots of views, the brass
band videos in general are the least watched of all. Although
audiences at the time seem to enjoy the band concerts, I
have given up filming the brass bands because processing
the film is very time consuming but very few people watch
the end result. There is one brass band video I put on 'Wyenot
News' over a month ago which, since that time to the
present day, only 9 people have watched.
that the 'Dark Side of the Moon' event on Saturday last
had only been advertised here for two weeks, the show had
quite an audience throughout the day, with both local people
and tourists stopping by to watch and listen. I realize
that there are a couple of 'important people' in Ross who
object to amplified music at the bandstand because they
live nearby. However, it would seem that the majority of
people, both living in and visiting Ross do want it. Ross
survives on tourism and it needs to provide the attractions
which bring the tourists in - as other local towns do. I
am quite looking forward to seeing how many views the video
from this event has
Town Carnival videos have also proved to be extremely popular
both locally and with distant viewers alike. This and the
Christmas Carnival are always popular events.
videos which have been watched a lot are the helicopter
flight from Staverton to Ross, Tina interviewing Chris Tarrant,
the nature videos - particularly the otters and, rather
oddly - the ones of Tina and I playing music. The nature
stuff is popular in both video viewers and viewers of the
photo pages, 'Nature Watch'.
shall have to make a 'Tina Dancing' video and see how that
performs. Judging by feedback received, 'Tina Dancing' photos
have become cult material amongst 'Wyenot News' readers
world wide, so 'Tina Dancing - The Motion Picture' might
do quite well in the ratings - may even lead to 'Tina
Dancing - The Sequel'.
Charmaine Danter and her team at Jacqueline's Night Club
have been busy improving the overall look of the place,
giving it a 'breath of fresh air.' The
night club is nicely decorated and all of the seats have
been reupholstered making it an even more enjoyable, comfortable
place to spend a Friday or Saturday evening.
is now an extra available for visitors to Jacqueline's.
You may now reserve a table for the exclusive use of yourself
and your guests when celebrating a hen night or other party.
Your private table can be decked out with party balloons
and champagne is available by request. This is a great way
to keep your party together and not lose your seat whilst
taking part in the fun in this well established venue.
further details contact Charmaine by clicking here.
Why not reserve your table at Jacqueline's Night Club?
Pedestrian dies in collision with car on the Ross Road at Hereford
are appealing for witnesses to an accident on the A49 Ross
Road in Hereford in which a pedestrian died. The male pedestrian
was in collision with a blue Volkswagen Golf car at around
3.20 PM on Saturday, August 11, close to the junctions with
Webb Tree Avenue and Pencroft Road. The
car had been headed north towards Hereford City Centre at
the time of the accident.
pedestrian suffered serious chest and ankle injuries in
the collision and was taken to Hereford County Hospital
but died a short time later. He was subsequently identified
as Stephen John Harrison, age 56, of Freda Pearce Close
in Hereford. A post mortem is due to take place on Wednesday
and an inquest is likely to be opened and adjourned by the
Herefordshire Coroner the same day. The
driver of the Volkswagen car was not injured in the collision.
closed one lane of the city-bound side of the A49 while
an examination was begun by collision investigators and
the car was removed. Officers are keen to speak to anyone
who witnessed the accident, or saw the car or pedestrian
in the minutes beforehand. They are asked to contact PC
Bob Conway at the Hereford Roads Policing Unit on 08457
Friday 3 August my partner and I took my son to town to
do some shopping and to see if we could spot the odd objects
in the shop windows. We had a great time. However, on the
way out of one of the shops my partner accidentally bumped
into a lady. She immediately apologized for this and we
carried on our way, looking in the windows of the shops
with she and my son becoming quite bemused at my (temporary)
ability to spot the odd objects almost immediately!
we walked down Broad Street my partner suddenly lurched
into me, crying in pain. My first thought was that she had
twisted her ankle - she was gasping for breath and looked
quite shocked. We got into the Maltings where she sat down
and after catching her breath told me that the woman she
had bumped into earlier had been sat in her car outside
Cornwall's Butcher and as we passed gave her a menacing
stare and then opened her door forcibly onto her leg.
later asked why she hadn't said anything at the time it
happened, only to be met with a look of derision and a quick
explanation that the pain she felt was so great she wasn't
able to speak. (This is the edited version of what she said
am still shocked that anyone could do something like that
out of pure spite - if my partner had rammed into her forcibly
and not bothered to apologize I can imagine she would be
aggrieved, but as it was a complete accident and she had
apologized immediately, with sincerity. I can only think
this person has some kind of problem. Not only was what
she did completely wrong, but if she so wished (and had
we had the opportunity to take details of the car she was
sat in) this person could probably be arrested for assault.
The bruise which has been left on my partner's leg is the
biggest I have ever seen, it looks really painful - the
woman who did it must have opened her car door with some
force to inflict such an injury - see photo.
if the photo was printed and seen by the woman who inflicted
it, she may hopefully suffer remorse for her actions and
more importantly not take her anger out on people in such
a way again, though we would be grateful if our details
could be omitted.
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, 6th August 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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