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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 211 - Wednesday, 13th August 2008
NEWS - Important Note - Extreme Train Spotting Society - The Alex
Letters - Jiveoholics - Energy Grants]
This Year's First Cider - Rainbows - Air Ambulance Shop - Ross Horticultural
Show - Murder most Foul]
Involved - Future of Re Box - Spirit of Cricket Summer Camp - Weather
Woman, body found and the rest of the news from around the region]
- ROSS-ON-WYE TELEVISION NEWS
Ross-on-Wye Extreme Train Spotting Society
Tea Party Special
with more from David Bristow at Broome Farm,
Ross Horticultural Show, Spirit of Cricket, Councillor Phil
Cutter as 'Energy Champion' and the Jiveoholics at the White
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for 'Roots n Rock' Festival Refused
Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee decided
earlier today that it was unable to consider an application
for the proposed 'Roots n Rock Festival' which was to take
place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Much Marcle.
The council was therefore not able to issue a licence and
the event will not go ahead.
proposed festival had been extensively promoted with a line-up
including some famous rock bands from the '70s and '80s.
Due to be staged at Much Marcle, the event was to run for
four days and would have attracted daily crowds of up to
Kevin O'Keefe, Herefordshire Council's legal practice manager,
said, 'Unfortunately the applicant failed to advertise his
planned event in accordance with the requirements of law.
This was further compounded by a combination of other errors
he made in the application process. The committee needed
to decide firstly whether or not the application had been
properly made. They decided it had not. We are acutely aware
of the disappointment that this decision will cause to many
who have purchased tickets and looked forward to this event
but having fully considered this matter, have reached a
decision that is consistent with previous decisions and
within the relevant legalities'.
applicant, Mr Mike Stephens, has a right of appeal.
and the Ross-on-Wye Extreme Train Spotting Society
Following the publication last week of Alex Cooper's email,
the response was phenomenal. The telephone did not stop
ringing all day and the emails came flooding in. Many people
read into my article that I was going to close 'Wyenot News'
and this included 'Alex' himself, who sent me the following
three word response, 'best news ever!'
response was the only negative one we received however.
100% of the response from our readers and viewers told us
what a good job we do and asked us not to stop. I had to
laugh because the very first two phone calls we received
came from two unconnected people who happen to know Alex.
Funnily enough they both described Alex's sex life in exactly
the same way - word for word perfect. Let us just hope that
Alex does not fall and sprain his wrist, or he might well
have to be unfaithful to himself and look elsewhere.
I, for just one second, though that Alex's 'anonymous' email
was public opinion about ourselves, I would have simply
deleted it, closed 'Wyenot' there and then and slipped quietly
into obscurity. I would certainly never have embarrassed
myself by publishing it!
actually mentioned this, however I would like to take this
opportunity to point out that there is more than one 'Alex
Cooper' living in Ross-on-Wye. I do not know them all personally
but I know of at least two others. One of them shares some
of my own friends on 'Facebook'. I would just like to mention
here that I would hate any identification confusion to arise.
Not all Alex Coopers necessarily share the same point of
view. Although I do not know them personally, the other
Alex Coopers are likely to be perfectly nice people with
normal, or possibly even exciting lives in every way.
. . .
The Jolly Ross-on-Wye Extreme Train Spotting Society:
James Palmer, Alan Wood, Tina Jones, Poor 'Hideous' Eric and Sarah
Wood. Ref: DSC_0868
to life as we see it. 'Anonymous Alex aka Lisa' mentioned
that Tina and I have a stale marriage and so, to prove this
is not the case we have gone out of our way to allow WNTV
News viewers an insight into our secret private lives. Alex's
statement is absolutely unfounded. Our 'marriage' is far
from stale. As
a family, we share some wonderful hobbies together, including
'Extreme Train Spotting'.
you know, there are no trains in Ross any more and so we
have to take extreme measures to go train spotting together,
using a powerful Ultra Sonic Train Spotting Device, complete
with Beat Frequency Oscillator and an even more powerful
12 inch Train Spotting Refracting Telescope.
year we formed the 'Ross-on-Wye Extreme Train Spotting Society'
and the Society held its first annual Tea Party this week.
On the day of the Tea Party we went along to the Old Engine
Shed, and we managed to film the 5.58 from Fenchurch Street
to Shoeburyness, with such clarity that I was able to jot
its number down in my jotter, from 140 miles away - right
here in Ross.
I shall let you into another little secret here Alex. Tina
and I are not actually married. My surname is 'Wood' and
Tina's is 'Jones' and we go 'train spotting together in
sin'. The possibility that somebody might catch us out unmarried
and train spotting together adds that little bit of extra
excitement to our wonderful hobby.
this week's WNTV programme and you will see just how interesting
a family we indeed are - and what jolly fun we have with
our powerful train spotting equipment, our jotters and the
sound of a distant express train.
a few of the 'Alex' Letters
Once again I would like to thank you for all your help and
support. I would have sent this email earlier but I have
been ill. Anyway just to let you know that I am appalled
at the email from Alex Cooper seen today on the website,
and I do not share in the sentiments. It would be very sad
if Wyenot News was to be abandoned as, from a personal point
of view, Jack has been helped greatly by your tireless efforts.
I will be very surprised if you were to rise to the attempt
of some jealous "idiot" to stop your efforts with Wyenot
News. There is no doubt that your personal approach to life
in this wonderful area. However it may seem to some sad
people - is much appreciated the whole world over.
NOT GIVE IT UP!!!!!!!!!
A Rossian for 55 years and proud of it as you should be
of your efforts.
wanted to say please ingore the "anonymous" pratt who sent
the (lets face it- fairly malicious) email to Wyenot. I
think your site is fantastic and captures the community
spirit of Ross (a positive spirit which, it seems is very
different from Mr / Ms Anonymous's).
style may not be 100% professional but who needs you to
be the News at 10?!! So please, Keep up your hard work-
most sensible people think it is fab.
just seen the photos etc. from the carnival last weekend,
there great and up to your usual very high standard. My
daughter was on the Ross Pre-School float this year (she
was on the NCT float last year). It's great to be able to
give friends and family your web address so they can see
PLEASE DON'T GO, ROSS NEEDS YOU, AND WOULDN'T BE THE SAME
read that thing from Alex wotisface. Ignore it, though I
suspect you have. I enjoy Wyenot News, check it out from
time to time although I live in FOD.
Charlie Kyte SnakeOil & Hickory Stick Boys
I have spoken to Tina on the phone I didn't realise she
was so heavily with Wyenot.
a boring FART he sounds. You & Tina are doing a great job!!!!!!!
Sorry to be one of the few who reads Wyenot News. I'll try
harder not to look, lol. It must have taken you ages to
trace the phantom sender. Who but anybody with a small amount
of intelligence would have thought to view the senders ip
address. Good detective work. I'll have a chat with you
Sunday if your down the Lion.
(Whoops I've put my name to this)
you to all who contacted us!
I am sorry if we did not have time to respond to you all
- we were overcome by the flood of email. We received very
many more letters than those which we have published above,
and we also received many phone calls and instant messages
via 'Facebook' and via 'MSN Messenger'.
those who were worried. We never had any intention of closing
down. Maybe my intentions in that respect were not well
communicated and were misinterpreted. We just wanted to
show the 'anonymous buffoon' for what he was/is - exactly
hope you enjoy the joke at the beginning of this week's
WNTV NEWS programme (which incidentally was the first and
only take - and was a completely ad-lib sketch). The sad
part about this short film is: all of the costume was found
in our own wardrobes!
Jiveoholics at The White Lion
The Jiveoholics gave a brilliant performance at The White
Lion Inn on Saturday, which was well attended despite the
awful weather. Their lively music soon had people up on
their feet to dance and their in between humour was very
well received. I love them!
Jiveoholics have just released a CD sample of some of their
excellent two hour set and includes some great favourites
including, 'Choo Choo Ch' Boogie' and 'Ain't Nobody Here
But Us Chickens' which is getting air play on BBC Radio
2 amongst other stations and the boys are getting great
CD 'Jiveolution' gives a good overall picture of what to
expect from this excellent band, who are going to be touring
in October. Don't miss the opportunity of going to see The
Jiveoholics live. This band are on the move, so local gigs
could become a rarity.
we have covered The Jiveoholics playing 'Ain't Nobody Here
But Us Chickens' before and most seem to be selecting that
particular track to play, we have chosen to make 'Choo
Choo Ch' Boogie' downloadable for you. (Right click
and 'save target as'.) This is also a track which fits in
nicely with our train spotting theme for this week.
The Jiveoholics, Tony, Sean, Jamie, Jonny Cool, Chris and Crac
on Saturday evening. Ref: DSC_0862
households take up solar energy grants
Phil Cutter with some of the many
leaflets available on reducing energy bills.
households are taking up the offer of a grant from Herefordshire
Council towards installing solar energy systems.
the Special Energy Efficiency Scheme (SEES), grants of £500
are available to all homeowners in Herefordshire towards
renewable energy measures such as solar power, wind energy,
ground source heat pumps, wood fuelled boiler systems and
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion, said,
'So far this year we have given out 20 grants for solar
energy systems showing county residents are willing to embrace
new technology as a way to reduce their fuel bills. People
taking up solar energy will also help the county to reduce
carbon emissions and this, in turn, will help tackle climate
was launched in Herefordshire in 1999 and, to date, energy
efficiency improvements have been carried out on 10,000
county properties. Half of households in Herefordshire are
off the mains gas network and many people also live in older
properties with solid walls which are harder to insulate.
This year the SEES scheme will be targeting people who live
in the wards Ross-on-Wye West, Aylestone (College Estate,
Kingsway and Barrs Court areas) and Kington.
£500 grant households in the target wards who are owner-occupiers
or live in homes that are privately rented with tenants
receiving the consent of landlords for energy efficiency
works to go ahead. The scheme is also open to clients living
in Herefordshire who heat their homes by electric storage
heaters, electric central heating, solid fuel central heating,
LPG central heating or room heaters with no central heating.
Residents who pay for their fuel by prepayment meter are
To find out more information about the SEES scheme, you
are welcome to contact Herefordshire Council on 01432 260398.
Cutter visited us at Wyenot News HQ to tell us more about
what Herefordshire Council is doing to try to reduce fuel
poverty within the county. You can hear what he has to say
in this week's WNTV News programme.
the range of initiatives Herefordshire Council has to help people
reduce their energy bills are Ben Boswell, Harry Fitch, Jan Blecker
and Holly Fowler, Mike Leake and Energy Champion, Councillor Phil
Councillor Cutter talks to Tina for WNTV News. Ref: DSC_0862
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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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