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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 165 - Wednesday, 19th September 2007
helps the Dekins family solve the Carnival Rose Bowl Mystery
the daughter of 79 year old Theodore and Lilian Dekins asked,
'who are we?' and decided to research her family tree, they
searched Google for Dekins connections and came across 'Eddie
Deakin' on 'Wyenot News'. Investigations showed that well
known local personality, Eddie, who died in November 2005,
was Theodore's second cousin.
investigation brought to light that a silver rose bowl trophy,
which was first presented in 1929 to 'T.E. Farmer' at Ross
Hospital Carnival was donated by Mr. and Mrs. E Dekins of
the Kyrle Picture Palace, and that 'E. Dekins' was Theodore's
question was, could this rose bowl be traced. Following
many failed leads, the trail looked to have gone cold, until
a family friend succeeded in contacting Carnival Committee
Chairman, Mel Hodges. Mel immediately knew exactly where
the trophy was. It was in safe keeping and was easily verified
as being the particular rose bowl in question. The bowl
was in fact due to be presented to, Ross Pre-school Playgroup
this year, for coming 1st in Class One at this year's carnival
and Theodore was asked if he would like the opportunity
to present it.
Monday, 17th September, an official presentation was arranged
at the Larruperz Centre, where Theodore officially handed
the trophy to Playgroup Leader, Vicki Page. Members of Theodore's
family attended the evening event, along with the founder
of Ross Pre-school Playgroup, Mrs. Joyce Thomas OBE DL,
playgroup leaders, Vicki Page and Pauline Williams, with
some of the children who had been on this years carnival
is interesting to note from the inscription on the trophy
that Ross Town Carnival, had in fact begun as a fund raising
event specifically for Ross Cottage Hospital.
Theodore Dekins with the Carnival Rose Bowl Trophy, donated by his
great uncle. Ref: DSC_1126
At the official presentation, Doreen Poole nee Dekins, Lilian Dekins,
Mel Hodges, Joyce Thomas, Theodore Dekins, Vicki and Ryan Page,
Pauline Williams ans Elliot Payn with (in front) Tabetha Fycun,
Harriet Storey, Jamie Payne and Ben Fycun. Ref: DSC_1021
The inscription on the Rose Bowl. Ref: DSC_3365
Presented to . . . Ref: DSC_3367
and to . . . Ref: DSC_3369
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Some general cosmetic changes, the present and the future
regular readers may currently be finding the clickable
buttons on pages of 'Wyenot News' and 'Wyenot' in general
a little untidy, with a mixture of both upeer and lower
case lettering. If this is the case, the answer is to right
click your internet browser icon, clear your 'temporary
internet files' and then refresh the page.
reason is that, with higher resolution video becoming more
widespread with the advance in computer technology, things
appear smaller on the screen. My own eyesight was perfect
until I reached my early 40s but is deteriorating rapidly
with age and I am sure this happens to other people as well,
so I have tried to make the buttons more easily readable
for all. (I am also growing more and more deaf and having
difficulty finding a corner of my mouth with enough teeth
left on both jaws to chew. It's horrible, growing old!)
visitors to 'Wyenot' will not have a problem but regular
visitors, especially those who do not deliberately maintain
a clutter free computer, may have the original button image
files stored in their 'temporary internet files', which
are there to speed the loading of graphics when revisiting
a web page. Clearing these will force a download of the
new graphics next time you visit 'Wyenot'. This is also,
incidentally, why some people cannot immediately see the
new issue of the news when it is first uploaded and other
changes, when they are made.
week, with the festival and events season coming to
an end, is the beginning of a quiet local news period. Personally,
I am not too unhappy about this because it gives me something
of a short break after the busy summer of rushing from event
to event before the fireworks and then Christmas season
kicks in. Tina
and I have, in fact, already taken a couple of days out
recently - one to visit my dad in Essex and the next, her
parents in Bromsgrove. This made a nice break during which
we were able to forget local issues completely just for
a couple of days - the first time in over a year.
there is not an awful lot going on at this time of year,
please continue to send in your stories and events to let
both local people and the world know what is happening
locally. Between us we can keep Ross an interesting town
to visit and try to stop it from dying completely after
the poor summer and possible looming national foot and mouth
video I have been putting on 'Wyenot News' is proving
to be extremely popular, so I intend to keep improving on
this area. Funnily enough, everybody seems to think I enjoy
photography and I have been labled a 'photographer' but
this is simply not true. Photography for me is simply a
means to an end for 'Wyenot'. I just do it because I cannot
afford getting somebody else, and probably better to do
it for me. I do however quite enjoy filming and editing
video - probably because there has been less of it and it
has not had the time to become a chore.
am currently part way through a couple of video projects
for Wyenot. The slide show type films I already have on
the 'Scenic and Historic' pages of Wyenot have proved to
be particularly popular, so I have decided to expand on
this. The main video project I am currently working on is
a tourism type film, designed to try to boost interest in
the local area even more than the photos of local places
and news are already doing. I am starting this project off
with a short film about Symonds Yat, for which I am currently
about half way through the filming stage and hope to finish
over the coming weekend - depending on the weather. Before
the beginning of next summer, I hope to cover most local
areas, including Ross Town itself.
everything else on 'Wyenot', the video will be entirely
home-brew, roll-your-own - produced without outside production
help. (Even the first two computers used for building Wyenot
were home-made, in my living room - I only buy them these
days because it is cheaper than buying the individual components
to build.) Tina, already known world wide for her 'dancing'
will be interviewing local people to show the world what
a nice place Ross and its surrounds are to visit. If you
would like your local area or event to be covered as a part
of the series of short films, please let us know.
Going back to our short break away from Ross. We did
not take a camera this year but f you would like to see
our holiday snap from last year's short break on the Jurassic
Coast . . .
News don't do holiday snaps . . .
. . but if they did, they would probably be the best holiday snaps
in the world!
Exchange Students return to Germany
students of John Kyrle High School played host to 21 students
from Betzdorf, Germany, between their arrival on Friday
7th and Monday, 17th September. Whilst waiting for the coach
to take them all home, I spoke to Marie Gruenter, who had
been paired with Kirsty Priest, my son, Michael's girlfriend
about her visit to Ross-on-Wye.
told me that a couple of days after their arrival, she and
the other German student were given tours of the town, so
that they got to know it quite well. They were also treated
to a day out in Gloucester, where they enjoyed a visit to
the cathedral and then given a tour of the waterways museum.
Saturday afternoon, after a quick visit to Ross Sports Centre
to take a rugby team photo and a look at the skate park,
Marie, kirsty, Alan and I went to Linton Village Fete, which
was opened by Sir Peter de la Billiere. We went along there
as Alan had been asked to judge the photographic competition.
After a quick glance at the entries, we left Alan to do
his duty whilst we enjoyed a game of 'Play your cards right'
and a couple of goes on the tombola. Marie seemed to be
left Linton after about an hour and took Marie to the Bridge
at Wilton to introduce her to local artist, Doug Eaton who
was exhibiting his works as part of h.Art. We dropped Marie
and Kirsty off nearer town to enjoy their last day or so
Monday afternoon, we made our way up to John Kyrle High
School for Alan to take a group shot of the students and
to say goodbye to Marie.
Getting ready to say 'Goodbye' on Monday afternoon. Ref: DSC_1110
Marie poses with Tina for a quick photo before climbing aboard the
coach. Ref: DSC_1114
Doug - all your h.Art work has paid off!
week we visited Wobage Makers Gallery and Broome
Farm to take a look at their work during h.Art.
This week we went along to the Bridge
at Wilton to see local artist and friend Doug
Eaton's exhibition. Doug also submitted four of his paintings
to the Open Exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.
All four were accepted and Doug has won the Rehau award
as a result of one of his submissions.
told us that h.Art is a great help to get works into galleries
as well as make many new contacts. He is very pleased about
the news of his award and we are very pleased for him.
following photographs show Doug at the Bridge at Wilton
with some of his works.
Doug with some of his paintings at the Bridge at Wilton. Ref: DSC_1093
'The Wye at Symonds Yat.' Ref: DSC_1097
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I am asking for articles to be sent in. Mondays and Tuesdays
here at 'Wyenot News' are Hell with by far, the most events
I cover occurring at the weekend. The photography that the
public sees happening is only one tiny part of the whole
picture (please excuse the pun) of running this weekly news
publication and the bits of prep that people do not see,
are actually the most time consuming part of getting the
at all possible, please send your story in as early as you
can, rather than wait until the very last minute, so that
I can have at least a fighting chance of getting to bed
before 3:00 am every Tuesday and Wednesday morning after
what has lately become two 18 hour working days on the trot.
you very much for your understanding and help.
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