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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 222 - Wednesday, 29th October 2008
NEWS - Lenny Alsop Tells Stories - Bridge is Flavours Restaurant
of Year - Rainbows - O'Kane - YMCA]
- Planning for real - Mike Arnison's Nature - Anti Bullying Charter
- Rev. Tony Kelk Retires]
- Thank You - Cards - Energy - Team Read - Sam and Marcus - Menus
- Rugby - Weather]
Leak at Aylestone Hill and the rest of the news from around the
Can You Play The Back WNTV Programmes?
my main computer broke down last week and I have had to
change for one with that awful Windows Vista operating system,
I just noticed when updating this week's programme onto
the WNTV News page that the small picture links to back
programmes are not working for me (on this
should open in Media Player (or whatever player you happen
to be using) but instead, for me on this machine, Internet
Explorer is trying to open them and failing.
have discovered this whilst putting this week's news to
bed at 1:15 in the morning and I am not sure if this is
a problem with Vista in general or just my new set-up. The
links still work perfectly well on all the other network
machines here, which use XP.
you please let me know if you are having a similar problem
running the back programmes from the page, or from the 'open
in stand alone player' links - particularly if you are using
Windows Vista - so that I can decide whether or not I have
to redesign the WNTV page system, or whether I just need
to hit this new machine with a hammer - again!
it is just me and you do happen to know the answer to my
problem - which might just be a media player or Internet
Explorer security setting - suggestions would be very welcome.
you for your help.
you are having trouble watching a back programme, you can
still right click the thumbnail picture and 'save target
as' to save it to and run it from your own computer.
Lenny Alsop Telling Stories at Ross Libary
known local story teller Lenny Alsop is appearing at Ross
Library today, Wednesday 29th October and will be holding
two story telling sessions. The first of these will begin
at 2:15, ending at 3pm, with the second beginning at 3:30
and ending at 4:15. Tickets
for this event cost £2 and are available at the library.
have known Lenny for many years, so when we heard that he
was appearing at the library, we went along to talk to Lenny
about what he's been up to over the last few years. You
can see what's in store for the children in this week's
WNTV News programme.
Story Teller Lenny Alsop with Senior Librarian, Jan Nezaratnam.
The Bridge at Wilton is 'Flavours' Restaurant of the Year
Congratulations to Mike and Jane Pritchard and their staff
Bridge at Wilton for being judged Restaurant of the
Year at the 2008 Flavours of Herefordshire Awards. This
is the fourth occasion that the Bridge has been given this
award, along with the 2007 award for Outstanding Achievement.
Bridge gained joint first place with 'The Stewing Pot' of
Hereford at the awards evening held last Friday and according
to Herefordshire Council's Cultural Services Manager, Jane
Lewis, the judges had a difficult time in choosing the overall
winners in each of the fourteen categories of the competition.
The winners were presented with their awards for being the
very best at using and promoting local, Herefordshire produce
by guests of honour, TV's celebrity cooks 'The Hairy Bikers.'
fourteen categories of Flavours of Herefordshire 2008 were
awarded as follows:
of the Year - Walford Court Guest House, Leintwardine
Outstanding Achievement Award - Lower Buckton Country House,
Gastro Pub of the Year - The Wellington Country Pub &
Pub of the Year - The New Inn, St. Owens Cross?
Restaurant of the Year - The Bridge at Wilton and The Stewing
Drinks Producer of the Year (Small) - Olivers Cider &
Perry, Ocyle Pychard
Food Producer of the Year (Small) - Court Farm and Leisure,
Food and Drink Producer of the Year (Large) Wye Valley Brewery,
Shop / Retailer of the Year - Glyn Slade Jones Family Butcher,
Best Newcomer of the Year - Withington Village Stores, Withington
Tea-room of the Year - Monkland Cheese Dairy Cafe, Leominster
Tea-room in a Visitor Attraction of the Year - Warren Farm,
Brockhampton Park, Bringsty
Outstanding Achievement Award - Broadfield Court cafe, Bodenham
Young Chef of the Year - Scot Davies of 'The Stewing Pot'
Training at Hereford College of Technology - Rachael Williams
to all winners of awards in the tenth year of Flavours of
The New Ross Rainbows Make Their Promises
1st Ross Rainbows were formed on 11th September this year
after County Commissioner, Jean Parkes commented on how
she had always wished there was a Rainbows Unit in Ross.
She had always thought that there was a need for a Rainbow
Unit and waited five years to see it finally open.
retires as County Commissioner later this year and so was
especially pleased to be asked to hear the Ross Rainbows
make their Promise. All eight Rainbows took their Promise
together at a party on Thursday, 23 October. They invited
people who were important to them and to Ross as a town.
Mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents came along
and were joined by Rev. Sarah Jones and John and Hannah
Davies, the Mayor & Mayoress of Ross.
of the Trefoil Guild were also invited. The Guild is the
section of Guiding for ladies who were once Brownies, Guides,
Rangers and Guiders and who, now that they have retired,
meet to plan ways to support Girl Guiding Units. The local
Trefoil Guild has supported the new Rainbow Unit in Ross
by purchasing Unit resources.
was very proud of the Rainbows as they stood and whilst
making their Guide Salute, made their Promise in very loud
voices - clearly a lot of practice had been going on!
the photo are Jean Parkes (County Commissioner) Julie Morgan
(District Commissioner) Rev. Sarah, Jade (Unit Helper),
Jo (Senior Section Member and Young Leader), The Mayor -
Councillor John Davies, Jules King (Guider 1st Ross Rainbows)
and Rainbows, Kayleigh, Ella, Harriet, Milly, Heidi, Millie,
Anna and Lucy.
KISS & SON
AND GENERAL BUILDERS
types of plastering work undertaken
and Tidy - Free Quotes
Mobile: 07810 174670
AND STEVE RANDELL
- Renovations - Brickwork
Stonework - Floor Laying - Roofing
Paul on 01989 564112
Mobile 07812 564112
Steve on 07971 535064
Steve is one of the Best Songwriters I know!
may have noticed that over the past couple of week's I have
used the music of my good friend, Steve O'Kane along with
my wildlife footage on WNTV. As well as being one of the
closest friends - one I have known the longest, Steve is
the best singer / songwriter I know! We met back in 1970,
just prior to my 30 years working for an office, when I
was a record player 'repair mechanic' for 'Magnavox' in
Barking and Steve sprayed the record decks black. Somehow,
our lives have taken parallel paths, even though there were
a few years during which we lost touch when I first moved
to Ross. Steve
shares my love of wildlife, nature and music and we visit
one another when possible and go walking by various rivers
and play music together.
the 'Talking To The Moon' film last week on WNTV provoked
a world wide response from people wanting to know more about
Steve's music and so this week, I made another 'video' called
'Down By The River' which can be seen in this week's programme.
'Down By The River' was a song which Steve originally wrote
with childhood memories
of his Dad in mind but, at the time of writing, he also
though that it might be relevant to my wildlife exploits
by the River Wye. I have tried to fit the film as best I
can to the music and hope you enjoy.
also has a great sense of humour and, following my recent
computer problems with that damned new Microsoft Visit operating
problem, he wrote me the following poem:
called up the shop and said "Mister,
I'm having some trouble with Vista,
If you don't put it right,
I will kill you tonight!
Then your mum! Then your dad! AND your sister!
one Steve! My favourite comment of Steve's though was when
he was recently trying to send me the music files for the
film and they were too large to send. 'I am not good with
technology and know nothing about zips and compression,'
he said. 'Maybe that's why I keep catching my d#*k in my
fly and then suffering from the bends!'
the three people (including Steve) who have already seen
my first shot at making this film, I decided to remove the
'dreamy' effect, other than during the Wilton scenes from
high. I decided that it hid the colours of the kingfisher
too much and gave the film an, although brighter, an overall
you would like to find out more about Steve's music, it
can be found on his website, www.steveokane.co.uk.
Steve O'Kane in the Hope & Anchor Conservatory during a visit
YMCA Fashion Show a Great Success
A fashion show with a difference was held at the YMCA shop
in Ross-on-Wye last Friday and many people turned up to
see the models showing off a whole array of clothing that
had been donated to the shop.
Natalie Morgan told us that the show was being staged to
raise peoples' awareness of the shop as well as to demonstrate
the type of quality goods that can be found there.
well as the clothes modelling, there was a dance demonstration,
a cake sale and live music performed by new local band 'Blue
Herring' who were excellent. You can see some of the fashion
show as well as some of the band's performance in this week's
WNTV News programme.
Modelling some of the great clothing available at the YMCA shop.
Blue Herring give a great performance. Ref: DSC_7844
A panoramic view of the shop.
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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