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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 193 - Wednesday, 9th April 2008
NEWS - Ross Lions report from India - Stolen moped in river - WNTV
Footage - Mayor's Golf day - Remember Brock'?]
Lovell - Evening in the Cider Cellar - Will Killeen - Deaths - Well
Done - Voluntary lunch - Public Notice]
Camp - Family Fun Day - CricketForce 2008 - Rugby - Iolo promotes
Wye Valley walking - Weather]
schools fly the green flag and the rest of the news from around
by Tina Jones
programme has been removed to conserve space on the web
server but can still be obtained from WNTV NEWS on DVD.
from India following Ross Lions Donation
News' carried a report in October of last year of the
presentation, by the Ross Lions, of a Braille machine to
a group called Bartimaeus. Members of this organization
who live in Ross have spent the last six months living in
Bangalore, India, where this machine has been put to great
Ansell and his wife Veronica from Ross have reported back
to the Lions on their sojourn to India where they spent
six months teaching the local blind how to read Braille
and use the machine which types Braille. As Reg says in
his report 'To work for the blind is a humbling experience
and certainly makes you 'count your blessings'.
in fairly primitive conditions they often thought of 'home'
with its western comforts and conveniences. Many of their
students sleep on a mat, in a bare concrete box-like room,
'bath' from a pot of cold water, and feed on rice three
times a day if they are lucky.
was set up by people from different countries to help the
blind in India who are treated like lepers and who are a
shame on their families and communities. The aim is to get
these people onto the first rungs of a ladder towards some
degree of independence and quality of living. Just recently
the organization has bought a small three roomed building
and turned it into a hostel. Now some of the students, although
they still sleep on a concrete floor, have mattresses, and
they live in clean and hygienic conditions with regular
food. All a step in the right direction.
and his wife took the Braille machine to Bangalore with
the hope that they could approach local businesses and organizations
in the town to assist in the purchase of more of the machines.
The picture below shows two blind persons in one of the
classes run by the organization, one reading from a Braille
book whilst the other is using the machine donated by the
is reports like this which make being a Lion really worthwhile'.
resident Reg Ansell with his staff and class of blind students at
the Bartimaeus Resource Centre for the
Visually Impaired in Bangalore.
blind student using the Braille machine supplied by the Ross Lions
Club while another reads Braille.
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moped dumped in the river
is just another story about local mindless imbeciles causing
us more stress.
Tina's son, Mike had his moped stolen from the road outside
our house during the early hours of Thursday morning. I
know. I have told him dozens of times not to park it in
the road, but then, I'm just a sad, 54 year old man who
forgot that 18 year olds know everything.
order to travel to his place of work, in Whitchurch, Mike
needed the moped so, to save him from not being able work
- knowing from experience that we would never see the machine
in one piece again, I ended up having to get him a new bike.
good friends at Lucas Motorcyles were extremely helpful
here and gave me an extremely good deal on a virtually new
machine but even so, the episode cost me over £700.
Thank you for your help, Gordon, Margaret and Neil! Of course,
although it was insured to the legal minimum requirement,
Mike had not insured the original for 'fire and theft'.
bike was discovered the following Friday morning dumped
in the River Wye. Of course, it was beyond repair.
those who stole it: I hope your little bit of fun, joy-riding
was worth the money I had to fork out on your behalf. I
heard you taking it. It was at around 3.00am. I just did
not realize when I heard the sounds outside that Mike's
bike was out on the road, and so I ignored you. I shall
not make the same mistake twice!
moped in the river. Ref: DSC_4923
Lucas family recovered the machine, after the police had been called.
programme has proved to be very popular - especially
since we embedded it on the front page of the weekly news
- with an average over the past three weeks of 1,500 viewers
per week and this figure increasing rapidly. The
weekly programme is also having the side effect of making
Tina quite well known, with people she doesn't know recognizing
her in the street.
am still getting the same problem though of people asking,
'can you send me a DVD of everything you filmed of us?'
and expecting it for the price of a blank DVD.
would love to be able to do this but it is not that simple.
I do generally take a lot more footage than I actually use,
so that I can extract the good bits but I don't often even
watch it - other than a very quick 'fast forward' in my
production software, to get to the bit I need to extract.
It is not like recording a TV programme - making a DVD of
one particular event takes about three times as long as
watching the footage in real time, and ties my main computer
up for this length of time. I do not keep the footage on
my camera but I do archive it - it is stored on several
400 gig hard drives - and I will make DVDs for people if
they really, really, really, really want me to, but I cannot
do it for the price of a blank DVD, I'm afraid as I cannot
afford the time involved.
best (cheapest) way of getting hold of a high quality copy
of your footage is to buy the weekly news programme on DVD.
I have already produced this for WNTV itself and for the
Heritage Centre copy, and so all I have to do is run off
another copy. This still takes time - writing the extra
copy - but nowhere near as much as setting out a whole individual
event onto DVD, and so I am able to produce these for £5.00
per issue plus postage.
am not desperate to sell them. Like when people ask me if
they can buy prints - selling prints is actually more of
a pain in the bum job to me than it is a profitable exercise
- I do it just to help rather than to make money. All I
am asking is that, if you want a copy of yourself on DVD,
I would rather you just bought the whole news programme
than have to spend hours and hours sorting out individual
footage. If you still do really, really, really want the
whole of your event on DVD, I am afraid that there is a
minimum charge of £25.00 to cover the work involved.
AND WAYNE WILLIAMS
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of Ross, Councillor Derek Bedford held a 'Golf Day' at Ross
Golf Course on Thursday to raise money for his chosen charity,
Ross Educational Foundation.
Approximately £500 was raised on the day, which is
a good sum of money towards this good cause.
would like to make an apology here. I had promised to go
along and cover the event both for 'Wyenot News'
and for the Town Council but things happened that day at
home (Mike's bike was stolen) and to be absolutely honest,
I completely forgot about it and replaced his bike then
went to Hereford to restock my thawed freezer at the time
it was taking place. (It has just been one of those awful
Nigel Gibbs took his camera along and came to the rescue
with the photographs below. Thank you, Nigel.
Price, Victor Fisk, The Mayor, Gerald and Richard Price from Rodway
and Sue Edwards, The Mayor, Mario Workman and Neil Rodger.
team - Tom Maguire, Peter Plumb, Nick Swan and Nigel Gibbs.
Therston, Herbie Jones, Michael Morris and Sam Buadrome from Hereford
and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White
Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated
right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion
is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and
is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion
has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people
and tourists alike.
White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right
down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy
views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local
otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.
served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant
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you are 30 or over there is a good chance that you will
recall at least several evenings spent at Brockhampton Court
Hotel when you were younger. If you are younger or have
not heard you will almost certainly not have to ask too
many Hereford people before you get a story or three. Stories
of much joy, merriment and even occasionally a little mischief.
18th Birthdays to Pyjama parties and weddings 'Brock' saw
them all. For many years now however the doors have been
closed to these parties and the building has operated as
a retirement home, but not on Saturday, 10th May.
Through the incredible generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Christopher
Allen, the owners of Brockhampton Court, St Mary's School
Fownhope is being allowed to host a ball at this very special
and nostalgic venue. All proceeds will go to Fownhope primary
School and St. Michael's Hospice - so double benefits have
a good time and do some fundraising.
event starts at 8pm on Saturday, 10th May 2008 and guests
will be greeted in the hall with champagne reception before
moving to the ballroom and marquee. During the evening food
will be served and a charity auction will take place. Music
will be from a local live band and disco, and of course
there will be a well stocked bar. This is a one-off opportunity
and tickets are limited, so don't delay in booking. If you
have made other plans then you had best change them - you
will not get a second chance to come to this event. Call
Wye Marketing for more details and tickets on 0844 9670225
or e-mail - email@example.com
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