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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 227 - Wednesday, 10th December 2008
NEWS - Merlin's Assistant Director - Wildlife Walk - Weather Coincidence
- Lions Pool Table - Burns Night - Lions Art Department - Sir Bernard
Lovell - Bamford Trading Record - Letter - River Wye - Cards for
Coming - The Krunch - Special Offers - Christmas Lunch - Astronomy
- Nature and Wildlife Photos - Menus]
Samaritan - A walk along Three Crosses Road - Cantilupe Cafe Lights
- Chlamydia - Rugby - Weather]
Valley Cops The Snow and the rest of the news from around the region]
Meet Gareth Williams, Assistant Director on Merlin
As part of our occasional 'Local People' interviews, 'Wyenot
News' would like to introduce you to Gareth Williams.
has lived in the area since he was four years old, beginning
at Skenfrith. He has worked his way through the ranks of
the television industry to make it as an Assistant Director,
working in this role on iconic television series such as
Dr. Who, popular soap, Hollyoaks and, more recently, 'Merlin.'
Part of Merlin was filmed locally at Symonds Yat and the
Forest of Dean.
grew up in the world of television as his father was a camera
man, the head camera man for LWT and his mother was a make
up designer, so a career in this field seemed a natural
a director sounds very glamorous. It does have it's moments
but it is very hard work as Gareth proved to a couple of
friends who visited the set with him one day. However, he
is delighted that a second series of Merlin has been confirmed
and work on the series is due to start in the new Year.
due to the nature of his work, Gareth is no TV fan. He spends
his time off enjoying country pursuits and is just another
one of the guys down the pub, enjoying a drink and spending
time with his family. We
met up with Gareth at the White Lion for our interview,
which can be seen in this week's WNTV News programme.
for talking to us Gareth.
Gareth enjoying a drink at the White Lion before his interview.
New Wildlife Walk for Ross
Councillors Phil Cutter, Chris Bartram and Derek Bedford,
together with volunteers and organizations who have supported
the Ross Wild Connections project were joined by Ross Walking
For Health group, led by Malcolm Hill to launch the new
Ross Wild Connections wildlife walk leaflet last Thursday
Beck chair of the Herefordshire Nature Trust said what a
pleasure it had been seeing the project through from it's
conception with the Ross environment group. He thanked those
present for their support in the project. The project has
been funded by Biffaward which is managed by the Royal Society
of Wildlife Trusts, which utilizes landfill tax credits
donated by Biffa Waste Services and also by Defra's Sustainable
Development Fund in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural
producing the leaflet volunteers have been improving open
spaces for wildlife around Ross in conjunction with Herefordshire
Council. The leaflet is now available from the Tourist Information
Centre, Libraries, and Ross Heritage Centre. Four new interpretation
panels around the walk will complement the leaflet. The
panels will tell people about the wildlife of Ross-on-Wye
and will be installed in the spring. The route links the
Town and Country Trail to the Riverbank making use of the
tranquil alleys of Ross.
Jessica Blake (Ross Wild Connections, HNT), Andrew Nixon (Wye Valley
AONB), Malcolm Hill (Walking for Health),Christopher Dean, Andrew
Tomkinson (HCC), Mary Sinclair -Powell (Heritage Centre) Councillor
Bartram, Gillian Gange, Councillor Bedford, Dennis Humble (Environability),
Joy Williams, Jeronimo Maeso-Castrillion, Councillor Cutter, Roger
Beck (Herefordshire Nature Trust), Toni Fagan (HCC), and members
of the walking for health group. Ref: SDC10203
Local Weather - Something of a Coincidence
some of you may have heard, occasionally, during periods
of extreme local weather and flood, I get called by the
BBC to act as a local 'Weather' Watcher' on BBC Hereford
& Worcester's Breakfast Show - a show I never actually
listen to because usually, I'm asleep at the time it goes
out. I usually only get a day's notice prior to these broadcasts
and as I don't particularly spend time monitoring the weather,
until now I would rush out set up a thermometer and rain
gag soon after receiving the call.
looking for something else last week, I saw an automatic
weather station in a sale at Maplin's, Hereford. 'What a
problem solver,' I thought and bought it. It is not fully
set up at its final location yet but I have it working to
a point. Higher accuracy will follow soon.
The same day that I bought it, I received an email from
Mike Gibson in Bromsash. Mike started monitoring the weather
at his home just over a month ago. Originally he began monitoring
purely to look into the feasibility of installing a small
wind generator, but the bug took hold. Mike has become quite
seriously interested in monitoring local weather. He has
added a device to measure sunshine to his much more professional
weather station than mine and his observations are now being
uploaded to the web every 15 minutes.
Mike's station is not yet fully set up in terms of location
for his anemometer but with Bromsash being so close to Ross
Town, his web site www.bromsash.com
should give a good indication of local conditions for those
interested in local weather, for whatever reason.
weather is really useful information for those interested
in outdoor activities, so I shall find somewhere on 'Wyenot.com'
to link permanently to Mike's on-line weather. Measurements
for the BBC's on-line local weather for Ross are actually
taken from a monitoring station near Bath, (Ross Weather
Station, from which we obtain our weekly weather statistics,
is currently manually operated) so live readings from Bromsash
should be more accurate.
coincidence I discovered is that both Mike and I are licensed
Radio Amateurs but neither of us are currently active in
this field for the same reason - lack of time.
Mike Gibson by part of his weather station in Bromsash. Ref: DSC_8399
Ross Lions provide Children's Ward with a Pool Table
give Hereford Hospital Children's Ward a pool table.
The Children's ward at the County Hospital, Hereford, struck
it lucky when Ross Lions were given a pool table.
The pool table belonged to a London friend of Lion Nick
Dale, and he asked Nick if the Ross Lions would like the
table to do with as they wished. Nick immediately contacted
the Children's Ward at the Hospital and asked them if they
could find a use for a pool table.
Sister of the Ward was delighted to accept the table, saying
it would help to occupy the time of both young patients
and their visiting siblings.
time was lost in delivering it and the table was soon in
the lounge of the Children's Ward. When Lion Andrew Middlecote
was talking to the Ward Sister he learnt that they could
do with more equipment to keep the children occupied. He
brought this up at the next Lions meeting and a colleague
said he could provide a Table Football game. Arrangements
are being made to get it to the hospital.
President of the Ross Lions Club, Keith Wilding, thanked
his members for their quick action in delivering the equipment
and said it was wonderful that friendships could provide
so much to help others.
Two fund-raising events are being organized in January 2009
by Age Concern, Ross-on-Wye and District, so it is worth
making a note in your diary.
will be a Burns Supper at the Ryefield Centre on Saturday,
31st January at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Ticket are priced £8 for
adults and £4 for children of 15 and under. The haggis will
be stabbed in time-honoured tradition, involving the Burns
poem “Address to a Haggis”. However, on this occasion, the
haggis gives “A Philosophical Reply”. Bring your own drink
(squash etc. available) on the night.
the Larruperz Centre on Friday, 23rd January a “Sit-down
Ceilidh and Burns Nicht' will take place in the afternoon
starting at 3pm and ending at 4.30. Tickets are £3 and those
bought at least the day before guarantee a taste of haggis,
tatties and neeps.
timing gives a chance for our senior citizens to return
home before teatime and the event is open to all ages. As
there is to be a separate evening performance of the Eccentricity
Youth Show, there will be 250 seats available so tell your
for both events are available from the Shop Mobility/Book-Swap
Shop near the bus station in Cantilupe Road, the Age Concern
Office (0930 – 1230) next to Cornwalls Butcher in Broad
Street, and the Larruperz Centre.
find out more and/or to book tickets by phone, please contact
Age Concern on 01989 763887 between 0930 and 1230 Monday
to Friday. Full details including what happens at a Burns
Supper, the menu, on-line booking etc. are on the Internet
via this link – www.avrf23.dsl.pipex.com It is a fun website
with interest for children and adults alike.
Scottish Piper, Alan Harrison reciting 'Address to a Haggis' at
Woodside earlier this year. Ref: DSC_4038
Lions Support JKHS Art Department
Year Eight pupils of the John Kyrle High School have for
many years participated in the Lions International Peace
Poster Competition, producing up to 200 entries each year.
In fact they have taken part so many times that the school
decided to include it as part of the curriculum. Understanding
that there is a cost to producing so many posters the Ross
Lions Club voted to give a grant to the schools Art Department
amounting to £250.
a recent meeting the Ross Lions President, Keith Wilding,
presented Head of Art, Neil Carroll, with the money and
said he looked forward to many more years of co-operation
between the school and the Lions Club.
the cheque, teacher Neil thanked the Lions for their generosity
and said he enjoyed the schools participation in the Lions
Peace Poster Competition as it gave the children something
to think about and an opportunity to show what they thought
about peace in the world.
winner and runners up of the contest will be announced soon
and the prizes will be presented at the schools Prize Giving
Day on the 17th December.
Ross Lions President, Keith Wilding, presents the cheque to Neil
Carroll, Head of Art, John Kyrle High School
in one of the Art classrooms.
'KGB wanted Sir Bernard Lovell to defect'
Bernard Lovell at Jodrell Bank on the cover of his autobiography.
Regular readers of Wyenot News and viewers of WNTV will
probably be familiar by now with the name 'Lovell,' as this
local family has featured in many of our programmes.
friend Roger lives in one of the oldest houses in Herefordshire
and has occasionally interviewed musicians for us and even
surprise interviewed ourselves on one occasion. Two of Roger's
children, Clementine and Toby are very talented musicians
and their performances at Broome Farm have regularly been
shown on WNTV.
has a beautiful, operatic and folk singing voice and Toby
has to be the best blues harp player in the country.
those of you who don't know, Roger's father is Sir Bernard
Lovell, world renowned astronomer and founder of the Jodrell
Bank radio telescope in Cheshire.
Bernard is now 95 years old and has endured many trials
and tribulations over his creation, which recently made
headline news when it was given a last minute reprieve from
having Government funding cut. Sir Bernard's work was not
only important to science, it was also important to the
recent edition of the Manchester Evening News ran an extremely
interesting article, written by Yakub Qureshi, 'The
KGB Wanted Sir Bernard Lovell to Defect' The article
can be read online and is very informative, revealing some
of the difficulties that Sir Bernard has faced throughout
Christmas will see the 40th anniversary of Apollo 8, mankind's
first close encounter with the moon. At the time of this
first great expedition to an alien world, Sir Bernard, along
with Sir Patrick Moore and James Burke provided the live
commentary; Sir Patrick and James in the BBC studio and
Sir Bernard, at Jodrell Bank, which was one of the tracking
stations for this mission.
cover CD of the November issue of BBC Sky at Night magazine,
contains some great archive footage of Sir Bernard and Sir
Patrick during this fantastic event. The magazine is worth
buying for this alone!
A Letter of Thanks from Margaret Lucas
behalf of Ross-in-Bloom, I would like to thank everyone
who supported the Markets held at the Market House on Friday
28th and Sunday 30th November. Special thanks go to all
of those who braved the very cold winds to stand with your
stalls until after lunch.
held their annual draw during the afternoon in the Heritage
Centre and I was delighted to be able to go along and pull
out the winning tickets. It was my first real visit out
since my hospital stay and it was lovely to see so many
familiar faces. Special thanks should go to Lyn Tomlinson
and the Mayor and Mayoress, John and Hannah Davies, who
very kindly stepped in on each of the events to do my usual
thanks on my behalf in person to stall holders. I was unfortunately
not feeling up to coming out until later in the day. I hear
they did sterling work though.
have been told the Christmas Tree Festival was superb and
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lyn and Sue
Parker for hand making all the decorations from recycled
materials and erecting the tree for Ross-in-Bloom. I understand
over 20 hours of work were put into it. Anyone who didn't
see it will find it has been transferred to the Heritage
Centre until Christmas. Ross Garden Store certainly made
sure we had a lovely tree to work on.
I would like to thank all of those who have helped by collecting
Morrisons Vouchers for the John Kyrle School Garden Projects
towards Britain in Bloom 2009. Mary Sinclair Powell tells
me that nearly 1,200 have been collected so far and given
to the school from our supporters alone. I believe they
have over 9,000 altogether. If anyone finds they still have
some lurking in their handbags, purses or pockets, Mary
is still collecting them at the Heritage Centre, and we
can still take them in the shop (Lucas Motorcycles). Mary
will be delivering the final few to the school before they
start their Christmas Break on 19th December. Mrs Gwinnett
can then make the decision on what to spend them on at the
start of the new term after Christmas.
would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very
Happy Christmas and a Blooming Good New Year. I will be
back fighting fit - so beware!
Winter Views of the River Wye
took the two photographs below at Wilton, just before midday
on Sunday morning. Over night the temperature had dropped
to minus 4 degrees, which is not unheard of but still pretty
cold for early December in this part of the country.
Cards for Good Causes 2008 - Last Chance to Buy
for Good Causes 2008 has been up and running at Ross Heritage
Centre for the last six weeks, selling a whole range of
cards, wrapping paper, tags and gifts to raise money for
various charities. If you haven't visited the shop yet,
you'd better hurry as Cards for Good Causes closes at 4pm
on Sunday, 14th December.
Managers, Anne Jones and Mary Sinclair Powell, along with
area manager Pauline Jenkins would like to thank everyone
who has supported the shop this year. In particular, grateful
thanks are sent to those who have volunteered to cover the
shop by selling cards and making sure that everything has
been kept clean and tidy and looking festive throughout
the six weeks of trading.
have gone very well again this year and it is hoped the
cards will return in November 2009.
hours of the Heritage Centre until Sunday will be 10.30am
to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm daily.
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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