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Issue No. 173 - Wednesday, 14th November 2007
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Page 1 [Phil Rickman opens Library - Cash for CIN - Agricultural Lessons - More affordable housing - Tina invitation]
Page 2 [WNTV: We will remember them]
Page 3 [A Premiere Performance - Happy surprise 50th Birthday, what's 'is name? - Pay problem solved]

Page 4

[Two choirs click - Presentation to Library - In Memory of my grandfather - Local crime - Christmas menus]
Page 5 [The fruit and veg of their labours - Whitchurch - Champion helps local girls - Shopmobility - Rugby - Weather]
Page 6 [News from around Herefordshire]
Appeal for Help in Tracing Kate Prout
(added after publication date)

Due to the importance of finding Kate, this article has been added to every page of this week's news, after the initial publication date, in order to give the matter maximum exposure.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing Forest of Dean woman Kathleen Prout.

The 55-year-old, known as Kate, has not been seen since she left her home address in Redmarley on Monday, 5th November.

Mrs Prout is white, 5ft 6 tall and of medium build. Described as having a pale complexion, she has blue eyes and red, shoulder-length straight hair. She was wearing jeans and a black v-neck top when she was last seen.

Members of the public are being urged to assist in the search for Kate by reporting any sightings of her straightaway.

If you think you may have seen her, please contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 0845 090 1234, quoting incident number 229 of 10th November.

Internationally Best Selling Novelist, Phil Rickman Opens Bridstow Library

The staff, the PTFA and especially the pupils of Bridstow Primary School were thrilled when novelist, Phil Rickman agreed to officially open the school's new library on Thursday. The new library would not have been possible without the hard work of all at the school and the generosity of local businesses, who supported their many fund-raising events.

All who donated prizes for the school's excellent Strawberry Fair raffle or who helped in any other way towards raising the £5,000 were invited to attend the opening and get the chance to talk to Phil Rickman, whilst obtaining a signed copy of one of his best selling books.

Mr. Rickman read to the children and officially opened the library, before kindly agreeing to be interviewed for Wyenot News.

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WNTV: Rose Kibble talks to Phil Rickman
Rose Kibble talks to novelist, Phil Rickman.
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Rose Kibble, Chair of Bridstow PTFA talks to novelist Phil Rickman about his work.

Rose is particularly fond of the books that are based on places in and around this area and happily chats to Phil about the character Merrily Watkins, the local Diocese Deliverance Consultant.

Thank you Rose for interviewing Phil Rickman for us. Hope you enjoy the video.

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Riverside / Nuttals Event Raises Cash for Children in Need

You may have seen the photographs in last week's edition of Wyenot News of a special fund-raising event that was held at the Riverside Inn on Monday, 5th November. The event was organized by Nuttals site manager, Wayne Musa and the proprietors of the Riverside Inn to raise money for Children in Need. In case you didn't know, Nuttals are the contractors who are working on the long awaited flood alleviation scheme.

There was a fantastic firework display, with the fire brigade in attendance, a bouncy castle for the kids, some brilliant fire breathing and later, some hilarious pig racing (battery operated pigs, of course) followed by some great entertainment by local band the Sky Shakers.

The event raised a fantastic total of £1,000 for Children in Need.

Agricultural Studies Lesson at Ross Cider

A group of students from the Learning Support group at JKHS who are studying agriculture visited Ross Cider at Broome Farm during the week. They are following a Rural Studies course and visit local farms, gardens, woodlands, businesses and places of environmental and tourist interest. This gives them an opportunity to see where their food comes from and meet the people involved in its production.

The pupils particularly enjoy it when they can take part in hands on activities like helping with the cider production at Broome Farm, where Mike Johnson has welcomed groups for the last four years.

Tasting the apple juice (straight off the press) was a real treat and the pupils also enjoyed a piece of home made cider cake during their visit.

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Teacher, Janet Gwinnett and Teaching Assistant, Tracy Winney with Mike Johnson and Sophie Wagstaff of Broome Farm and pupils, Sophie, Guy, Nancy, Scott, David Jordan, Dale and Ryan, who are enjoying fresh apple juice. Ref: DSC_2548


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More Affordable Housing Needed in Ross Says Councillor Anne Gray

The Monthly meetings of Ross Town Council are currently preceded by a 15 minute period where members of the public are able to ask questions of the council or to air their views. Subjects ranging from litter bins, memorial benches and concern over the level of policing have been included so far and on Monday, it was suggested that more affordable housing is desperately needed in the area.

Councillor Anne Gray, who is not a town councillor, but is a county councillor addressed the meeting as a member of the public. She expressed a concern that there is a homelessness problem as well as many young people and even families still living under their parents roof as they simply cannot afford mortgages. It would help if more land was made available to combat this problem.

The meeting proper then commenced and was addressed by the police who gave a breakdown of crime in the area since the last meeting. PC Mark Robinson told the council that the police are involved in many forums in the area, in particular those that involve the misuse of drugs and alcohol by young people.

Ross Town Council also received a letter from Herefordshire Council informing them that after this year, Ross will not be getting any money towards Christmas lights. The county council normally provide £600 towards the cost of the festive lights. This matter is being further investigated as Ross Christmas Carnival attracts many people to Ross every year.

This is the photo that sparked off the 'Tina Dancing' Fan Club . . .

. . . it was taken last February at a Zebras gig. She will be doing it again this coming Saturday, to the music of the Zebras at the Prince of Wales.

It will be Tina's 47th birthday, you see and Tina never lets a birthday pass without drinking too much beer and dancing.

Why not come along and help her to celebrate? I don't mind having to carry her home afterwards - probably by giving her a piggy back - or holding her head as she talks to God on the porcelain telephone. After all, it's all in a good cause and will earn me quite a few Brownie points for the future.

Hope to see you there - and the Zebras will quite like your company also.

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