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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 210 - Wednesday, 6th August 2008
NEWS - Friday's Solar Eclipse - Letters: Quiz - Lions Support Jamstand
- Letters: Goodrich Dungeon- Local company makes Top 50 - Bingo
Three peaks - Weekly Refuse Collections - Two Assaulted in Goodrich]
Weather for Carnival Day - Drug Dealers Beware - Win £50 for
your local recipe]
line the streets for Carnival Procession - Cash boost for schools
- Nursery Plans Approved]
down on the Carnival Field - David Bristow sings the blues at Broome
Farm - Ross Special Crew]
Jive - Lions' Share - Special Break - Monmouth Festival - Music
at Goodrich - Weather Station]
Charged with Attempted Murder and the rest of the news from around
- ROSS-ON-WYE TELEVISION NEWS
Day, Friday's Solar Eclipse and Blues at The Farm
Solar Eclipse - Partial in Ross, Total in China
There were no announcements on British television before
the event took place, which I had assumed there would be
otherwise I would have run something myself last week but...
1st August saw a 20% partial eclipse of the sun over England.
The eclipse was a total in China and some other countries
and with both astronomy and cosmology being my number one
passtime, I both filmed and photographed the event from
outside my house here in Ross.
first, I took my camera to somewhere scenic to make the
film, so that I could actually show the sun above the River
Wye but I stupidly left my solar filter for the camera at
home. I returned home but with little eclipse time left
after arriving, and with increasing cloud cover building,
I had no choice other than to grab a quick attempt to film
outside my house, in the road.
short sequence I shot can be seen in this week's WNTV News
programme and one of the photos can be seen below. As this
was a very topical event within the astronomy world, I also
took the unusual step of uploading a short clip to YouTube.
To my amazement, 'Science and Technology Honours' for the
clip came flooding in, within just a matter of hours of
the upload, they came in from all parts of the world - even
those where the eclipse would have been seen as a total.
you are into astronomy in any way, please enjoy the short
film and for those who do not know, the Persieds (meteor
shower) will peak just after midnight on the 12th August
and there will be an 80% eclipse of the Moon on the 16th
August. I shall try to capture both.
Friday's 205 solar eclipse as seen from Ross. Ref: DSC_0848
the 1st August 'Science and Technology Honours' for my short clip
uploaded to YouTube.
'Here is a quiz for you folks!'
I do love people who think they are sending 'anonymous'
tend to be those who feel let down by something, maybe an
event such as, just as an example: 'Jamstand', and then
want to throw their toys out of the pram, without any comeback.
at 'Wyenot News', I guess we do act somewhat 'unprofessionally'
occasionally, throwing our own toys out of the pram. But
we always at least have the courage to admit which pram
they came from.
emails always set me a challenge - finding out who sent
them. There is nothing I enjoy more than a bit of a detective
type challenge, so of course, at the arrival of the
above email to the 'Wyenot News' office this morning, Tuesday,
I put my Sherlock Holmes hat on and said, 'Tina! The game
is afoot'. As you can see, the email was unsigned in a foiled
attempt at anonymity.
took me just 10 seconds to trace the sender to one:
and that Alex's IP address at the time of his sending the
mail was 220.127.116.11.
do quite agree with Alex Cooper's comment about our dog.
'Eric' is kind of 'hideous'. He suffers from doggie asthma
and farts occasionally during 'Jamstand' team interviews
but when he's asleep, we still love him.
the 'rubbish website that no one cares about'. Maybe some
of our other readers would like to comment on this. If this
is true, I will quite willingly close it down within a week
and not bat an eyelid or lose even a wink of sleep.
Alex's opinion that 'Wyenot News' has 'the most monotonal
anchorwoman in the world'. You are very welcome to your
opinion there, Alex. I still love Tina though, whatever
you may think of her or however her voice may sound to you.
Personally I think Tina's voice is fine and that it is I
who has the 'train spotter' monotone voice. In my 'Holmes'
type role, this points to the fact that the sender of the
email is quite possibly tone deaf and that tone deafness
must be quite a handicap for him. Other lines of enquiry
point directly to the fact that the sender is a musician
who did not get filmed at 'Jamstand'. (Or was he one of
those I deleted to make way on my hard disc for the 'Funkosphere'
relationship (Tina and I that is) has far more to it actually
than meets the public eye and whilst on
this subject, maybe Alex's does too. Searching his email
address on 'Facebook' reveals just one entry:
Does Alex dress as 'Lisa McMillan' when nobody is around,
I wonder? Is Lisa using Alex's email address, or is this
just a false 'Facebook' account which Alex uses to send
anonymous mail via that particular social networking website?
Who knows as any of them could fit the bill. If one clicks
the 'view friends link' for Lisa, the message comes up,
'Lisa has no friends', so she has never made herself know
to local people.
that's that off my chest. Please let us know if you
do share Alex's (or Lisa's) point of view. Or even if you
the majority of readers feel the same way as Alex, I
absolutely promise that I will switch 'Wyenot News, 'WNTV'
and all of the back issues off by this time next week, relax
a little and then just concentrate on the more anonymous
money making, tourism side of 'Wyenot.com'.
added Wednesday evening re the above letter
Response to the above article has been flooding in all day
today, both by telephone and by email. 100% of this has
been positive response and people have been worried that
I will switch off 'Wyenot News' and 'WNTV'.
would like to thank you all for taking the time to contact
me. Please do not worry - I shall not be switching 'Wyenot
News' or 'WNTV' off. Had I thought that the anonymous email
was the general opinion of our regular readers both locally
and world wide, I would have given up with 'Wyenot' ages
ago, and would certainly never have published the mail.
thing I would like to point out. Nobody has mentioned
this but I have noticed that there are several people
going by the name of 'Alex Cooper' living in Ross and using
'Facebook'. I do know with absolute certainty which one
sent us the mail. I would however like to make it absolutely
clear though that I would hate any confusion to arise
as a result of the above article. It is possible to have
the name 'Alex Cooper, live in Ross and still be a nice
person! I do not know the other 'Alex Coopers' but I am
sure they are probably nice people. I know about them because
they have 'Facebook' friends in common with both myself
Lions Support 'Jamstand'
by Bernard Fowkes
Following an approach from Jack Baldus, who organized the
recent and very successful Music Festival which was held
on the Ross Bandstand last weekend, the Ross Lions decided
they would support the event because it involved so many
young people who would otherwise not have an opportunity
to display their talents to the public.
Lions donated £400 towards the cost of putting on the show.
Around 20 bands took part in the festival providing every
sort of music you could think of and around 2000 young people
attended the event.
presenting the cheque to Jack, the Ross Lions President,
Keith Wilding, said it was great to see young people organizing
things for themselves so successfully. It would be an event
to be remembered and the town would look forward to the
thanked the Ross Lions for their generosity and said he
would soon be visiting the club to thank the members personally.
He would explain to them how it came about and just what
it meant to the young people.
done the young of Ross and District we are proud of you.
Lions' President, Keith Wilding hands Jamstand Organizer, jack
Baldus a cheque for £400.
The Goodrich Castle Photos
have been to Goodrich a few times - it is one of my favorite
places to visit again and again. On my first visit in March
2000, I pointed my camera into the dark dungeon and took
a picture. Just a point and shoot. I took another one just
a few seconds after the first. The first picture had a mist
in it similar to your unexplained photograph. Just like
yours, the second had no mist or 'ghost.
will have to find those old pictures to prove it. I remember
showing my friends who joined me on that trip that I got
a picture of something weird. They thought I was crazy.
I'm glad to hear that you had a similar experience.
love the Wyenot website!
you for that, Craig. I look forward to seeing your image.
are the third person to have contacted me, having had a
similar experience in the Castle and one person sent me
their photo, which I published at the time. I did not notice
the mist with my eyes at the time of taking my picture and
discovered it only when looking at my photos later in the
day. Nobody was smoking at the time and the photo below
was taken and nobody was actually in the room at the time.
I used a healthy zoom in on the area with a pro camera,
so it is not condensing breath in the cold February air.
I have taken over 100,000 photos over the past eight years
and only about half a dozen of them show something which
I cannot unexplain. This is one of those. Another was taken
by King Arthur's Cave. Oddly,
somebody sent me an email about that one also this week,
with a letter as well as their own photo. Unfortunately,
I have mislaid their email amongst the many hundreds of
emails I have received this week (mostly spam) and cannot
find it in time to run it alongside your letter as I am
fast approaching this week's deadline. Archive articles
seem to go like that - I hear nothing about them for ages
and forget about them, then I receive multiple responses
within a short space of time.
is referring to the photograph below, which I took whilst
photographing Goodrich Castle back in February 2003. My
image shows an unexplainable mist in the dungeon. The photos
both before and after this frame were taken from the same
place but are crystal clear. I did not suggest that I had
captured a 'ghost' in the previous article - just that the
mist was an unexplained phenomenon.
The photo I took in Goodrich castle Dungeon back in February 2003.
Full House for Carnival Bingo Night
A prize bingo night was held at the Prince of Wales last
Wednesday to raise further funds for Ross Town Carnival.
This annual event was organized by Ross Lions Club and the
function room was packed with around 120 people, many of
them obviously regular bingo players. Apparently the event
attracted three times the attendance of previous years and
the whole evening had a great atmosphere.
caller was local man John Fishpool who was deemed the best
man for the job as he has been calling at bingo events for
over forty years. The speed at which he called the numbers
on Wednesday kept everybody on their toes and added to the
general excitement.. John was assisted by Tessa Walton who
sold tickets and checked the winning ones, ably aided by
was the most successful Bingo event held by the Carnival
Committee and a total of £484 was raised. This included
the profits from the raffle which provided many prizes donated
by supporters. Spokesman, Lion Bernard Fowkes, said that
the atmosphere was electric but with a good humour and everyone
really enjoyed themselves.
the end of the evening, Chairman of the Carnival Committee,
Mel Hodges, thanked the Prince of Wales management for allowing
the use of the pub to hold the event, the Lions for their
part in organizing it, in particular Andy Middlecote and
Nick Dale, members of the Carnival Committee for organizing
the raffle and helping on the day, John Fishpool and his
assistants and, of course, those who had attended to make
it such a success.
then said he hoped a big crowd would turn out on Carnival
Day to make it an equal success.
The Prince of Wales was packed with people ready to play bingo
Lion Andrew Middlecote with Carnival Chairman Mel Hodges at the
hugely successful Bingo night.
Peaks in 24 Hours for 'J'
Simon Lyddon is a vet at Archenfield
Veterinary Surgery in Ross-on-Wye and plans to undertake
the Three Peaks Challenge, on the 12th August, with his
brother Edward and friend Simon Blakebrough to raise money
for Winstonís Wish, the charity for bereaved children.
challenge involves hiking up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and
Mount Snowdon, and although the 21 miles of hiking and 500
miles of driving in 24 hours will be a challenge, every
step will benefit a child who is rebuilding their life after
the death of a parent or sibling.
Lyddon brothers, who enjoy hiking, were encouraged to undertake
the challenge by their sister, Emma Snelling, who lost her
husband Jason ('J') last year, leaving her with their three-year-old
twins, Harry and Rosie. 'Fortunately the family have been
able to rally round with lots of support. In many similar
situations such direct help is not always possible,' said
Simon Lyddon, who added how proud they were of their sister
for coping so well and being so strong, especially with
also stated that the family had been inspirational with
the organization of the challenge. 'I would particularly
like to say a very special thank you to our father, Brigadier
Peter Lyddon, who is so kindly going to do the 500 miles
of driving during the challenge,' said Simon.
and Events fundraiser at Winstonís Wish, Louise Handy, said,:
'Around 13,000 young people a year are supported by the
charity but there are still many more who need our support
and advice. Winstonís Wish is the longest established and
largest bereavement service in the UK and provides the widest
range of services.' Brothers Simon and Edward Lyddon and
friend Simon Blakebrough can be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/jasonsnelling
Refuse Collections to Continue in Herefordshire
From the autumn of 2009, not only will Herefordshire residents
KEEP their weekly plastic sack rubbish collection, the kerbside
recycling service will be also be extended to service nearly
rubbish will be collected every fortnight and can be mixed
together in a wheeled bin that will be provided free of
charge to each household. In this bin people will be able
to put plastic, cans, paper, cardboard and, for the first
time, glass. Glass
makes up a significant percentage of recycling that is currently
reason the council has to move to wheeled bins is that plastic
sacks are clearly not safe when collecting glass and by
using a bin we will save the production of 2.25 million
bags every year. Of course there are some properties that
simply could not use wheeled bins and the council will continue
to collect recycling from these households in a plastic
bag. However, this will be a very small minority of properties
and it is expected that the vast majority will use the wheeled
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing, said, 'We will also
make sure we help anyone who has difficulty in presenting
their rubbish and recycling at the kerbside. In these cases
we will agree with each resident a place from which our
staff will collect their rubbish and recycling to make sure
they have the chance to participate in this really important
area of our work.
are not proposing to bring in any draconian measures to
force people to recycle. Rather we are seeking to make it
as simple and easy as possible. If, however, we do not achieve
our recycling targets - 40 per cent rising to 50 per cent
in a few years - then we will, as a county, face very heavy
penalties indeed. So it is vital we have your support as
we roll out this new service in the autumn of next year.'
Assaulted at Goodrich Hotel
Ross-on-Wye Police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged
assault of two members of staff of Ye Hostelrie by a male
customer at 9:20pm on Sunday, 27th July. One
man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently
on police bail whilst further enquiries are carried out.
are anxious to speak to customers who were at the premises
but who were not spoken to by the attending officers at
the time that may have witnessed what went on.
customer who was at the scene is asked to contact PC Mike
Evans at Ross Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.
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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.
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and evening in the bar and restaurant
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