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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 218 - Wednesday, 1st October 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Potters Bar Party - RoWToP - Paranormal - Macmillan Coffee Morning - Letters - I'm a Councillor - Silverfish - Birmingham Evacuee - Ambulance Response Times]
Page 2 [Jesse Norman on National TV - Fuel Poverty - Wildlife - The Night Sky - War Memorial - Rugby - Weather]
Page 3 [New Access Road and the rest of the news from around the region]
Jesse calls on national TV for greater powers
to beat financial crisis

A local politician was on national television last week calling for greater powers to beat the financial crisis. Conservative parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman appeared on Question Time Extra to discuss the key issues of the week.

Reinforcing his call for a comprehensive review of financial regulation, he said that it was important for the government to raise the deposit protection threshold to maintain people's confidence that their savings were not at risk. Government should also look at more prudent regulation of capital ratios for banks, and to give the Bank of England greater powers to intervene. Much of the problem, he said, had been created by the present government's decision in 1997 to take away banking regulation from the Bank of England. Power and responsibility for the banking sector had been dispersed, and a huge amount of expertise and knowledge had been lost.

Commenting afterwards, Jesse said, 'There is every sign that this crisis is going to get worse before it gets better. The government has been following events, not leading them. It is vital that, in conjunction with other governments and authorities, it now starts to get a grip.'

Jesse Norman on Question Time Extra.

Herefordshire Council Targets Fuel Poverty

Herefordshire Council's energy efficiency experts are to spend a day at the Kington Information Centre on Tuesday, 14th October, to help people in the town better understand how they can save money on their fuel bills. The council's new Energy Champion, Councillor Phil Cutter will be attending, together with staff from the council's energy efficiency team.

Councillor Cutter said, 'Kington is one of the areas we are targeting this year with our Special Energy Efficiency Scheme (SEES) and this means all householders in the market town are eligible for a 500 grant which can be spent on a variety of measures aimed at reducing their fuel bills. In my new role, I am keen to get out and about and help the people most in need, so I would urge anybody who is struggling to pay their fuel bills to come to the Kington Information Centre where we will be able to offer advice and possible cash support. I am aware fuel prices are rising at an unprecedented rate, and are forecast to rise even further, and having a better insulated home is one way to reduce this burden.'

Measures covered under the scheme are:
Loft insulation
Cavity wall insulation
Draught proofing
Thermostatic radiator valves
Room thermostats
Hot water cylinder thermostats
Tank jackets.

The SEES scheme will also be available to clients who live in Ross on Wye West and the western part of Aylestone ward and is also open to clients living throughout Herefordshire who heat their homes with:
Electric storage heaters
Electric central heating
Solid fuel central heating
LPG central heating
Room heaters with no central heating

Herefordshire residents who pay for their fuel use with prepayment meters
Residents throughout Herefordshire claiming state benefits.

Photographing Wildlife

Photographing and filming nature and wildlife is not something I have forgotten to do of late. It is just something I never seem to have enough time to enjoy during the summer months, with having to cover lots of local events. The local event season has now, thankfully quietened down for 2008 though and I can get back into covering more of the stuff I really enjoy, including local wildlife.

Tina and I are currently staying at the White Lion Inn whilst Jacqui and Dave are on holiday and this has given me a couple of early morning opportunities to catch what has been happening on the River Wye. I caught the heron and the duck fight below on Monday morning. The kingfisher appeared on Tuesday morning - as usual, after I had put the still camera away, so these shot were extracted from video . . .

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Photographing the Night Sky

'Darkness hides the world but it reveals the universe'. I am not sure where I first heard that but it is certainly very true and is my way of overcoming SAD. I suffer from SAD extremely seriously during late September and dread my October birthday as that is the day it seems to hit me hardest. The onset of the dark nights always makes me feel deeply depressed. I know exactly what is causing the depression, even at the time it is happening yet I can never seem to easily drag myself out of it. Thinking of those words and photographing the night sky always helps a lot...

Earlier this week, I took the photo below of the moons of Jupiter. The conditions were not good as it was misty. The moons appear slightly larger than they should also, due to the camera being slightly out of focus but nonetheless, it was nice to catch six moons in one field of view (I could actually see seven when looking through a 25mm eyepiece.) The sixth moon is very dark - bottom left of the photo and the planet is over exposed to bring out the moons. The photo was taken with a Nikon SLR at prime focus of a 2000mm f10 SLT (rather than with the monochrome astro camera) and is two frames, stacked manually in Photoshop.

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This photograph of the moon was taken on 21st September and is a mosaic made up of two images as I cannot fit the whole moon into the camera's field of view at 2000 mm. It makes a good Windows wallpaper image. If you would like to use it, here are some various size options to choose, depending on your computer's screen resolution. Click the image size you require then right click the downloaded image and 'set as background':


It is best to 'centre' the image in Windows' settings and choose 'black' as the desktop background colour.

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Plans Submitted to Re-Site War Memorial

A planning application has been submitted by the Royal British Legion to relocate the war memorial which had to be moved from its original site at The Prospect, Ross-on-Wye during works to rebuild a wall which had become structurally unsound. The aim is to ensure the memorial is in place for the annual Remembrance Day commemoration at The Prospect in November this year.

The Prospect is a very early example of a public park, which was laid out around 1700 by local philanthropist John Kyrle, 'The Man of Ross,' and its two Baroque gateways and boundary retaining wall are individually listed.

Councillor John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for the environment and strategic housing, said, 'Remembrance Day is an important part of the annual calendar in Ross and I would like to reassure people that a commemorative event at The Prospect will still go ahead this year.

Following the discovery of Roman remains during the rebuilding works on the wall, the war memorial was not able to return to its original location and the suggested site has been chosen by members of the Royal British Legion.'

Rugby Gloucester Division One - Ross 21, Painswick 14

After a draw and a loss from the opening two weeks of the season, Ross went to Painswick last Saturday looking to get their season up and running with their first victory. With the sun on their backs and perfect conditions, Ross did not let themselves down, and after playing some scintillating running rugby, came away 21-14 worthy winners.

With both teams looking for their first win, this game could have been an error ridden, tentative encounter. However, from the off both teams looked to run the ball and it was Ross who opened their account first. After some initial strong running in midfield from Bas Parker, the forwards took the ball deep into the Painswick half forcing the penalty which Ali Rees duly converted putting Ross 3-0 ahead. The home team came back hard from the kick off, camping themselves in the Ross twenty two and a score looked likely. However it was Ross that obliged, scoring a try that would grace any international game.

Deep in the Ross half, Gavin Oates forced the turnover, Centre, Bas Parker got over the gain line and offloaded the ball to TC Leech who took the ball up to the halfway line. Quick ruck ball was moved right to lock Matt Jones, who with quick hands set Chay Brine free down the right. He drew his man and fed Luke Gray, who put wing Ali Hunter-Blair away down the right wing. He drew the Painswick fullback before popping inside to fullback Ali Rees who cantered over to score. You will not see a better try at any level of rugby all season.

That score should have been the trigger for Ross to pull away, but the home team, in front of a vocal home support hit back almost immediately. Ross were not able to collect the kick off and the Painswick lock was able to crash over to bring the score 8-7 to Ross.

With half time looming, Ashley Nelms stole a Painswick lineout. Tim Hanks, then Captain, Wayne Williams drove the ball into the Painswick twenty two. Painswick killed quick ball and from the penalty, Ross took the half time score to 11-7.

With the game in the balance, Ross were able to play more collected and adventurous rugby in the second half, controlling possession and territory. Two further tries from Matt Taylor and Ali Hunter-Blair put Ross 21-7 ahead with less than ten minutes remaining.

With time running out, Ross lost concentration and let the Painswick captain in to score, giving a final score of 21-14 to Ross.

The Ross-on-Wye Walford Timber man of the match was Basil Parker.

Next Saturday Ross are at home against Cheltenham Civil Service. Kick off is at 3pm.

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings
Figures for week commencing Monday, 22nd September 2008
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 2.8 0.6 2.3 1.3 7.7 6.1 3.4
Rainfall (mm) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (inches) .01 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maximum Temperature (C) 18 15 18 18 19 19 17
Maximum Temperature (F) 64 59 64 64 66 66 63
Minimum Temperature (C) 8 11 10 13 7 4 5
Minimum Temperature (F) 46 52 50 54 45 39 41
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 54 54 55 59 55 57 57


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