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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 203 - Wednesday, 18th June 2008
NEWS - Update on Prospect Discovery - Lib Dem Leader, Nick Clegg
is tested at JKHS - Spooky]
Inspector McLaughlin - Childminding Open Morning - Tudorville Allotments
- Waste Collections]
and the Galilean Moons - Food for Thought - 42 Day Detention Bill
- Post Offices - Bands - In Bloom]
Route - nature Photography - Rowing Club - For sale - Weather]
at Rotherwas and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
by Tina Jones
programme has been removed to conserve space on the web
server but can still be obtained from WNTV NEWS on DVD.
on the Prospect Discovery
Whilst in the pub the other day I overheard that 'the council
were not going to allow the public to view the discovery
of possible Roman remains in the Prospect Gardens and that
they were going to fill in the dig'. I would like to reassure
those who are interested in seeing the site for themselves
that this is absolutely not true.
News went along to the Prospect on Monday to see how the
mammoth task of erecting of a public viewing platform, specifically
for public viewing was progressing, and we were not only
informed that the platform is near to completion but were
also permitted, 'at your own risk' to walk along the ramp
and film the progress so far.
discovery is protected by plastic sheeting at the moment,
but is due to be uncovered later this week for a television
press call. I will be there on behalf of WNTV and the site
will be open to public viewing in the near future.
can see more of our visit in this week's WNTV
public viewing platform is near to completion. Ref: DSC_5614
discovery is currently protected by plastic sheeting. Ref: DSC_5606
of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg is Tested at JKHS
Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party.
may be exam season, but at John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye,
it was the students asking the questions when Liberal Democrat
party leader Nick Clegg MP paid a visit on Thursday 12th
candidate Sarah Carr, Paul Keetch MP and Nick Clegg MP joined
Sixth Formers for a question and answer session. Issues
such as fuel pricing and the protection of rural communities
took centre-stage as the students took their chance to put
their concerns to the Liberal Democrat Party Leader.
Clegg, Sarah Carr and Paul Keetch then met teaching staff,
governors and head teachers of partner primary schools who
spoke of their hopes and concerns for the future of education
in the county following Herefordshire Council's recent disastrous
Sarah and Paul meet members of the business community at
a packed meeting in Hereford later in the afternoon.
later, Sarah Carr said, 'I was delighted to welcome the
Liberal Democrat party leader to Hereford, Ross and South
Herefordshire and hear his public support for my campaign
to succeed Paul Keetch as Member of Parliament. During the
day I was very interested to hear that the concerns aired
by the students were mirrored by what the business owners
and operators told us. Everyone is feeling the effects of
high fuel prices, tax hikes, closing Post Offices and local
services constantly under threat. These are things
that matter, that hit rural counties like ours harder than
government ministers realize. I will continue to campaign
on these issues that effect people's everyday lives.'
Meeting with local Liberal Democrat party supporters later,
Nick spoke about the impression he had taken from the day:
'It was a real pleasure to visit Herefordshire and spend
time with students, businesses and people around the county.
I was so impressed by the pride that everyone I met has
in this beautiful part of the country. Herefordshire is
a real treasure, and that's recognized across the county.
I know it's what has made Paul Keetch such an effective
campaigner and strong MP. It's also what motivates Sarah
to stand up for this area, and give a voice to local people
and their concerns. That's why Sarah works so hard for local
families, and it's what will make her a great MP.'
. . .
Democrat leader, Nick Clegg answers students' questions on Thursday.
Having been invited to John Kyrle High School, I accompanied
Lib Dem Leader, Nick Clegg MP, Paul Keetch MP and candidate,
Sarah Carr during their visit on behalf of Wyenot News,
arriving at the school at exactly the same time as they
was introduced by Paul Keetch and Sarah Carr outside the
school's reception area and at this time, the news that
David Davies MP had resigned in order to force a by-election
in his North Yorkshire constituency over civil liberties
was just breaking and was about to break on the BBC. Mr.
Clegg's mobile phone was making it obvious at this point
that his tight schedule needed to become even tighter.
I accompanied the party hurriedly to the room in which the
student's 'Question Time' had been arranged and then thought,
Oh Dear!' or words to that effect, 'I have left the video
camera in the boot of my car'.
half a dozen questions had been prepared for Mr. Clegg,
only three of the students had time to ask the party leader
his views. Matthew Frost asked Mr Clegg's views on education
policy and funding, Rachel Mason asked about fuel pricing
and tax and Pete Brewer about food security and British
was part way through Mr. Clegg's answer to Rachel's question
that I remembered the tiny reserve video camera I keep on
me all the time, 'just in case'. I managed to get it switched
on and filmed from that point onwards and this short film
can be seen in this week's WNTV
. . .
Democrats' Paul Keetch MP, Party Leader Nick Clegg, Joyce Thomas
MBE DL and Sarah Carr. Ref: DSC_5440
A John Kyrle Student's Point of View
by Amy Doughty
Having so far been more politically opinionated than active,
I was excited, as was everyone involved, when we were given
the opportunity to personally question Nick Clegg on issues
we felt were important. Before he arrived I was already
impressed with the fact that he was coming, even though
we were warned of a twenty minute time limit. I was equally
impressed with the confident way in which he addressed the
questions asked. However, my scepticism regarding politicians,
due to their lack of interest in our views until we’re months
away from eligibility to vote, was strengthened when it
became apparent that, even for twenty minutes, we could
not capture his full attention.
was initially demonstrated when his phone rang two minutes
into our time with him. Thankfully he did not answer it,
but he obviously did not turn it off either as it rang again
five minutes later. At this point he did turn it off, but
after twelve minutes in our company, and with only three
of our many prepared questions asked, we were told he had
to rush off immediately as he had other appointments planned.
a major politician, it was understandable that his schedule
was tight, but when he emerged in the corridor outside our
common room, where the session had taken place, he proceeded
to spend ten supposedly unaffordable minutes answering press
questions. When I asked him if these interviews had been
planned, his response was that he 'had no idea as he did
not manage his own time'.
found this quite unsatisfactory as an excuse, and was left
with the feeling that his visit was little more than a token
gesture to try and gain our votes, and he himself blatantly
demonstrated where he places his potential voters and the
press in order of importance.
A while ago, I signed up to the Social Networking website,
Facebook, to keep in touch with my family and friends spread
around the globe. When filling in the stuff for my profile,
to the question on 'Religious Views' I answered: 'Dyslexic
Agnostic - I think there is a Dog but I need proof'. I thought,
'I'm bound to be the only idiot who would answer like that.
this week, I was scanning through the website to take my
mind away from work stuff and I thought I would search and
see how many other Alan Woods there are with facebook accounts.
There were something like 500 other Alan Woods out there
and I found a facebook group specifically for Alan Woods.
Of course I joined the other two members sharing my name
and several more who do not but must be related to an Alan
made friends with the Alan Wood who had started the group.
He lives in Edinburgh and until added him as a friend, I
did not know he existed. When he agreed and we could see
one anothers profiles for the first time, neither of us
could believe it. He too had entered his 'Religious Views'
as 'Dyslexic Agnostic'
I wonder if he also reads cosmology and the Beano, and wears
odd socks and shorts with a woolly hat?
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
Good Beer Guide 2008
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