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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 180 - Wednesday, 9th January 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Old Apple Tree, We Wassail Thee . . . - Whether the weather is popular or not]
Page 2 [. . . and then on to the party in the barn - Readers' Letters]
Page 3 [Missing - Mike Jennings - Forensic deterrent - Andy Margrett - Vine Tree Development? NLC Lunch for the elderly]

Page 4

[Botanical Art, Peace Poster Comp. - Wye Valley Festival - Public Notices - Lions' Feast - Rugby - Weather]
Page 5 [News from around Herefordshire]
WNTV TELEVISION NEWS
Presented by Tina Jones

This programme has been removed to conserve space on the web server but can still be obtained from WNTV NEWS on DVD.

Broome Farm B & B and Restaurant, Peterstow.
Rose Cottage Tea Garden, Symonds Yat.
Old Apple Tree, We Wassail Thee

A Broome Farm event is always a special occasion and Saturday's Wassail was no exception. We waited in the old orchard to get some footage of the very large procession led by Butler, John Edwards and Proprietor Mike Johnson making their way to the orchard by torchlight.

Once everybody had arrived, John explained what a Wassail is and how the ceremony is carried out. Twelve bonfires were lit around the oldest apple tree in the orchard. Everybody was given some cider to toast the tree and 'Tom Tit' one of the younger members of the crowd, placed cider soaked bread on the branches of the apple tree.

After Compost Heap joined John to sing the Gloucester Wassail Song, and then to the apple tree, everybody was asked to make as much noise as they could, to ward off evil spirits. The noise was deafening!

It was nice to see so many people there and it was especially good to meet Chris Price, a WNTV News fan who lives in Holland. Chris told us that he watches the news every week as it helps him to keep up with what's happening over here. It was in fact how he came to discover Broome Farm.

You can watch some of the Wassail ceremony in this week's edition of WNTV News.


The procession makes its way to the old orchard. Ref: DSC_3865

The crowds gaher around the twelve bonfires, waiting for the ceremony to begin. Ref: DSC_2999

The Price family, including a visiting relative, Chris, who lives in Holland. Ref: DSC_3871

The Butler, John Edwards doing a great job as always. Ref: DSC_3877

Compost Heap join John in singing the Gloucester Wassail Song. Ref: DSC_3880

Ref: DSC_3883

'Butler' John Edwards waiting to proceed.

The crowds are given cider with which to toast the old apple tree.

Keeping the bonfires burning.

The Butler waits for Compost Heap to join him for the Wassail Song.

Tom Tit (Elliot Soble) places cider soaked bread on the branches of the oldest apple tree in the orchard.

Phil catches reluctant photographer, Tina, unawares.

That's right Phil. I don't appear on the other side of the lens very often.
'The Halt' Self Catering, Homs Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

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Whether the weather is popular or not

I have not published the weekly weather for the past two week's and the reason is that Rex and June Swallow from Ross Weather Station both use push bikes as their means of transport. To save them the trouble of riding up Brampton Hill every week, they leave the weekly weather report in an envelope addressed to 'Wyenot News' at the library and I collect it of a Tuesday. The library has been closed for much of the Christmas period, so I have been unable to collect it.

The last two editions of 'Wyenot News' have proved to be extremely popular - especially the WNTV programme, with last week's programme having been watched over 1,000 times within its first three days of publication. People have been passing comment in the street and Tina has even been asked for her autograph as a result of WNTV. However, email feedback we have received over the past two weeks has been fairly sparse - I guess due to the Christmas/New Year holiday. Sparse, that is - other than the mail from dozens of people all over the country, and indeed the world asking, 'What has happened to the weather? Have you stopped publishing it?'

The emails have come from people in all walks of life, ranging from weather anoraks who keep records in a 'little black book' to those working on the national newspapers. I had absolutely no idea until this week how popular publishing Rex and June's weather report has become - nor where the newspapers have been getting their info, when they occasionally mention Ross since the 'Met Office' stopped supplying.

Just goes to show something about human nature though: get something right and few bother to say anything. Miss something out and a million people complain. The past three week's worth of weather statistics can be found on page 4.

'It is more important to know whether there is going to be any weather than what the weather is going to be.' I still remember that quote from the 'Whether Man' in the 'Phantom Toll Booth' - a rather clever (and entertaining) children's book, intended to help children with spelling and arithmetic which I read when I was about 7 years old. I still have that book, which was a present from my late, Auntie Barbara. Thinking about it is prompting me to read it again.


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