you would like to have a letter published on this page of
'Wyenot News', whatever the subject - maybe you are trying
to trace a long lost friend or family member - maybe you
want to moan about something in Ross or even say that you
like something in Ross - whatever the subject, email:
Genealogists: Please note that I cannot
personally get involved, or even the slightest bit interested
in genealogy enquiries. I always fall asleep before getting
to the end of the first paragraph of genealogy enquiries
- even about my own family. All I can do is publish your
letter of enquiry and wait for somebody to reply, so please
make your enquiry brief.
10th November 2010: Jenkins and Nieves?
name is Janine Wozencroft. My mothers name is Georgina Smith
nee: Pearson. She is looking for old school friends from
what was then, Ross-on-Wye Secondary Modern School 1960
- 1965. The names are Susan Jenkins and Denise Nieves most
likely to have married names now.
would they email J.firstname.lastname@example.org.
any of our readers know either of these people, perhaps
they would be kind enough to point them in the direction
of this letter. Thank you. Alan)
27th October 2010: From a local film maker
to the editor.
'Since beginning this 'Week in Moving Pictures' series,
I have received lots of 'can you please send me this video,
or these photos?' I cannot email the files - they take up
gigabytes and amount to quite literally thousands of photographic
images. Also, an awful lot of work goes into the photography
and production of this programme. If you would like a copy
of either the complete video, or the photos of your event,
I can put either or both on either a DVD ROM, or copy the
files onto your own memory stick at a cost of £20 per disc
/ file copy - call to collect. For personal use only - not
for broadcast or for publication elsewhere.'
interesting time-lapse / video sequence this week. Ref.
your estimates and charges above. They may seem excessive
to some but I think your rate seems rather conservative.
I am currently processing some time lapse / video sequences,
each set of time lapse images took between 20 minutes and
6 hours to to produce. The batch processing of the these
images to prepare them for video assembly another 2 - 3
hours per 10 second video clip and I still have the final
video to assemble and edit. Take into account the software
and hardware that you have purchased to process and produce
the images then these hidden costs + Time + Travel start
the above many will wonder why you have not used the word
FREE in your article :-)
you very much Mike! I am glad you enjoy the weekly video
and I am glad that someone out there understands the amount
of time and cost involved in the production of these and
keeping the rest of 'Wyenot' going.
the same with anything on Wyenot. Everybody wants it but
very few want to support us financially. Even after 10 years,
I am mostly financing Wyenot out of my rapidly depleting
pocket and if things carry on this way I will no longer
be able to do so and it will disappear.
couple of years ago, I decided to try making a very small
charge (£5.00) for events listed on our 'What's On'
page - only for people who do not support us by advertising.
The very week I did that, people stopped sending in their
'What's On' events and the page rapidly became completely
void of upcoming events. To keep the page going for the
sake of the town of Ross, I ended up dropping the charge.
The very week I did that, dozens of 'What's On' listings
began to arrive again.
'What's On' page is one of the most widely visited and used
pages on the entire web site. Ross Country Festival and
Jamstand for example grew massive as a direct result of
being listed free of charge on our 'What's On' page and
getting seen by visitors from all over the UK.
write to me (admittedly, usually when they want something
else listed) telling me how successful their previous 'What's
On' listings have proved to be for their events.
is a town where most want things but few want to contribute
financially. The word 'FREE' must have been drummed into
the population during their primary school days, in the
same way that my primary school teacher drummed into me
(quite rightly) that the letter H, is pronounced 'aitch'
and not 'haitch'.
Wyenot vanishes because I can no longer afford to keep it
up, the people of Ross will wonder, 'What happened to that?'
20th October 2010: Ross Beaver Scouts
3 weeks ago, Sam Punn wrote to you regarding the closure
of the Ross Beaver (Scouts) Colony. As Secretary of the
Scouts Parent Support Group, I too was shocked and saddened
by the decision not to grant Jenny a Warrant to continue
leading the Colony.
started working with Scouts back in 1985, starting as a
parent helper and gaining a Warrant as a Cub Scout leader
in 1986. In 1987, she opened the Beaver colony in Ross where
she held the position of Beaver Scout Leader. In 1989 she
took on the role as ADC (Assistant District Commissioner)
for Beaver Scouts; this enabled her to run District events
and trips. Whilst serving as ADC she maintained her position
as the Beaver Scout leader. Jenny has also held other posts
in the Scouts Association including training roles, membership
of the County Executive Committee and District Appointments
Secretary. But in Jenny’s own words “With all these roles
my one passion has always been being the leader of the Beaver
all that time in Scouts, Jenny will be known to so many
in Ross. My own son, like so many others that went before
him, loved his time under Jenny’s (and Lisa’s) leadership
and it stood him well to move onto Robin Shaw’s Cub Pack
and more recently to Scouts. I too have enjoyed the opportunity
to learn from Jenny’s immense knowledge of the Scouting
due to Jenny’s long time in post as ADC and due to local
re-organisation, she was no longer able to hold the post
as ADC; many of us felt she would (obviously) be given a
Warrant to continue leading ‘her’ Beaver Colony. But the
‘powers-that-be’ decided this was not going to happen.
her letter Sam says…”Despite outcry from parents of the
current boys and numerous attempts to communicate with those
responsible for Jenny’s removal we have been left in the
dark as to the reasons for it”. Well, unfortunately, the
leadership have continued to refuse to explain the decision,
even to myself as Secretary of the Group. From my own investigations,
I believe that the decision is based on (what appears to
be) a failure to comply with what I would describe as petty
beaurocracy, Unfortunately, whatever the reason, it is the
young children that have been most affected by all of this;
in my opinion, that is inexcusable. I know of some that
will not go back and some that will now not move onto Cubs;
even Scouts membership may be affected.
have asked the ‘leadership’ to respond to Sam’s letter but
they appear to have decided against it. In fact, to date,
I have had no response from them. That is a shame. At the
moment, formal complaints (my own among them) are still
being made to higher Scouts authority and we await the outcome
of those complaints. I, like the majority, would love to
see Jenny and her daughter Lisa back at the helm. They will
be a hard act to follow. I fear the impact to the Ross Scout
Group will be greater than some envisaged.
Ross Scouts Parent Support Group (Secretary)
5th October 2010: Fibre Optic Broadband
We have not just received one email on this subject, many
individuals have written to me this week, asking me to publicize
this particular link: www.racetoinfinity.bt.com,
so many in fact, with virtually the same text that I am
beginning to suspect that people might be unwittingly forwarding
a viral advertising campaign organized by British Telecom
Association of Ross Traders are also campaigning for people
to vote in this on-line poll.
am not a BT customer myself and I am quite happy to stay that
way as my broadband works fine, but please feel free to use
the link to vote if you feel that Ross needs to win this particular
race to get hooked up with fibre optic broadband.
the television advertising campaign where they want people
to write in and continue the story of Adam and Jane. How
about... A Monty Python style 10 tonne weight falls from
the sky and squishes them both.
29th September 2010: 10 Years of Wyenot
would just like to congratulate you on 10 years of Wyenot.com.
I know how much effort you have to put into such a big community
you, Jeremy for your kind congratulations. I will be making
up some more films out of the archive material over the
coming weeks, so hope that you, and others, enjoy those
when complete. I did start gather old material together
this week but got side-tracked.
29th September 2010: Re Mr. Hewlett's Ancestor
the letter from Mr.Hewlett regarding his ancestor. If he
looks at the census records, online if he has internet,
'Find My Past' is the site to use. He should be able to
find his grandparents.
you Barbara for your kind comment and this is useful information
for all genealogists.
19th September 2010: Re the Flooded Wye in Time-Lapse
just had to comment on this superb piece of work and pass
on my thanks to the creator. As a life long angler, I have
spent many hours by rivers across the country in all types
of weather and this piece encapsulates the reasons for enduring
the occasional bout of suffering. The River Wye is a beautiful
river, one I have sadly missed seeing, and I will have to
correct this very soon.
piece of music used is quite haunting but there is no indication
of what or who it is. Is it possible to let me know what
you for your kind comment Chris! The music is a track which
I licensed from AKM Music and is from the film music CD,
'Celtic Spirit' (Possibly 'Celtic Odyssey' - I can't quite
19th September 2010: Why Remove Ross Beaver Scout Leader?
am writing to you as a parent of a 7 year old boy who, until
recently, has been a member of the excellent Ross Beaver
Scout colony. This group has been run by mother and daughter,
Jenny and Lisa Bundy who have done a fantastic job for many
years and who will be known to many Ross parents.
those higher up in the Scout movement in Ross and Herefordshire
have recently decided to remove Jenny from the group in
a way which can only be described as shambolic and without
any reason or regard for correct processes.
the leadership of Lisa and Jenny this group has, for years,
provided a wonderful programme of activities, adventure
and fun for boys in Ross aged 6-8 and I am sure many local
people will be horrified to hear of their removal from it.
outcry from parents of the current boys and numerous attempts
to communicate with those responsible for Jenny's removal
we have been left in the dark as to the reasons for it and
I, and others, have been left with the impression that the
local scouting movement is very far removed from its core
aims of instilling in the boys a sense of responsibility
and good teamwork.
reason for writing this letter is to bring this situation
to people's attention and to ask that those who have the
power, reconsider this ridiculous decision and return two
much loved leaders to the Ross Beaver Scout colony,
7th September 2010: Early 1900s Church Ministers?
great grandfather, John Charles Hewlett, married to Harriet
Price, lived and raised a family in Ross-on-Wye in the late
1800's. They moved to Tonyrefail, Wales in the early 1900's.
I am told he was a minister while in Ross and I would like
to verify this.
you know if there is any record of the names of the minsters
who served in the church (churches) around that time? If
you could provide any information that would help me trace
my ancestry further it would be greatly appreciated.
3rd September 2010: Do You Know of 'Pilgrim's Progress' Tours?
in 1985 my husband and I visited Ross-on-Wye as part of
a scheme run, or sponsored, by the Church of England, to
help older (ancient!) parishes make a bit of tourist money.
Each member of our tour group stayed with a private family
(we stayed with Jane and Bill Watson; our tour leader was
John Capewell, all of whom have probably long gone to greater
things) and had a combination of a group tour, and a private
guide to take us to all the secret places, such as the Crooked
Church and Pen How.
I think this tour "company" was called Pilgrim's Progress,
or something of the sort, but I can't locate any information
on it. I have all sorts of photos, names of people in Ross-on-Wye,
etc., but I obviously didn't save anything from the company
itself. We heard from them for several years after our trip,
but either they decided we weren't coming back, or they
went out of business.
I know all of this is very vague, but we are finally in
a position to return to the UK, and would like to do this
again. If there is anyone around from 20-odd years ago who
remembers this little project, I really would appreciate
any information you could give me.
Rice, in Bradshaw, MD
1st September 2010: A Vintage Thank You
thanks for your coverage of our Classic Vehicle Road Run
on Monday last, I know many think you seemingly "do it for
the love of it", but it still takes a lot of effort, and
our group really appreciated you being there and filming.
I've seen the coverage you gave us on "WYENOT .COM" today,
and was most impressed.
a pleasure Colin and thank you for supporting us! Alan
18th August 2010: Jamstand
After the Jamstand was canceled last Saturday I was approached
by Jack to host a one night event in The Conservatory beside
The Hope and Anchor, to cater to the people that had not
heard the news of it being canceled and to accommodate some
of the bands that were suppose to be playing over the weekend.
must say that the way that Jack and co organized the venue
(very quickly) into an area to accommodate the bands was
very professional and efficient. The night was a great success
with a massive turn out to listen to the bands that appeared
on the night. I applaud a group of young people that are
trying to keep live music alive when times are hard all
round. I wish Jack and co every success for the Jam stand
The Hope and Anchor
is coverage of this event here.
18th August 2010: Two letters re videos
is a quick note just to thank you for your great videos
and pictures, my daughter has moved to Ross and seeing your
videos and pictures make me feel better about her moving
away, also it has got me looking at houses in the area.
Who knows, in a short while I too may be a "Rossonion".
wife and I have just returned from our third holiday staying
at Benhall Farm. Your website has been very useful indeed,
it has also been interesting to see Ross-on -Wye, through
the videos, at different times of the year. It is amazing
the amount of water that came through the river during the
floods. We were standing on Wilton bridge trying to imagine
the high water line.
you able to tell me the music used in the flood video?
up the fantastic work as we look forward to coming back.
you both very much for the feedback. I wish your daughter
all the best with her move to Ross Mark, and hope that you
will be joining her soon. I'm glad you enjoy the videos
hope that you enjoyed your stay at Benhall Farm Paul and
that you also have been enjoying the videos. The Wye is
lacking in water at the moment and in fact, I am waiting
for it to get deeper again to finish off another video covering
Ross to Symonds Yat by river.
music I used in the flood video is not available in the
shops, I'm afraid. I have to buy special music for the videos,
along with a license for the performing rights so that I
can broadcast it. This is a lot more expensive than buying
a CD but for info, it is a track from AKM music, from a
film genre CD called Celtic Spirit. You may also hear it,
along with other music on my videos in use during TV documentaries
and film as many major TV companies use the same source.
have already paid for internet and DVD broadcast but if
any of my material is broadcast on TV, I have to fill in
a cue sheet stating exact tracks used and duration in seconds,
as a part of the license agreement and the artist then receives
a royalty from the TV company, every time the film is shown.
1st August 2010: Thank You from Ross-in-Bloom
behalf of myself and my team in Ross-in-Bloom, I am writing
to thank you for all your help this summer in preparing
Ross for the annual visit of the Heart of England in Bloom
Judges. Could you please pass on our thanks to Tina who
helped you with the preparations for the event, as well
as all the hard work you both do throughout the year to
help us with publicity? We could not do it all without your
you are aware, the judges visited Ross on Tuesday, 20th
July and seemed very impressed with what they found. At
one time they were overheard to say that it was probably
the cleanest and tidiest town they had visited this year.
They were very impressed with the friendliness of the people
in town as well as the efforts put in to make it bright
and colourful. They also enjoyed meeting representatives
of groups in the town as they were going around various
judges were particularly delighted with the Pigs Alley project
(which was originally part funded by the Town Council and
the Police) and the plans for the 'Walk of the Arts of Ross.'
They were also pleased to be able to join in with the presentation
of the major Community Spirit Award to Councillor Gordon
Lucas for all his hard work throughout the town - not just
for the visit but all year round in every aspect of the
town's life. Next year we hope to show them the completed
Pigs Alley as well as the completed 'Walk' if we can find
some sponsorship to get sufficient copies printed for all
the hotels etc.
will be travelling with a member of my committee to Newcastle-under-Lyme
on 16th September for the results. We have high hopes for
a Gold award this year, but it doesn't really matter what
we get. We are just very pleased with the way the town has
rallied together this year. We all know that everyone has
done their very best to promote their town and this is all
that really matters. As they say, any publicity is good
publicity to promote the town and to keep the economy buoyant,
which is what we all work for.
you very much again.
apologies for not running this last week when it arrived.
It came by post rather than email and just checking the
computer rather than my desk, I missed it when compiling
the news pages. Covering the splended work put in by the
Ross in Bloom team is always a pleasure! All involved do
a teriffic amount to keep Ross looking attractive.
6th August 2010: Jamstand
Wyenot, Ross Gazette and Herefordshire Council
In relation the council banning the Jamstand event due to
Jack Baldus not applying for a license, this is sheer rubbish!
you go down to the site I have counted five blue "Premises
License" dotted around, signed and laminated by the council
is either a admin slip up by the council and they do not
want to admit the mistake after it going in the papers and
radio, or they just do not want it to go ahead full stop,
due to a few minority residents complaining about noise
levels. These are the same "fat cats" who have ties in the
council that complain that nothing ever happens in Ross!.
This is the one event the younger generation of Ross and
the surrounding area look forward to each year since the
festival was set up.
us to penalized and the event organiser made out to be extremely
incompetent by the Council and Ross Gazette is unacceptable
when the right thing has been done. The police have already
given an aggressive message to Jack to pass on to us, that
anyone on the public grounds between the 13th-14th will
be arrested for breaching the peace. Does this apply to
anyone just walking by as well, people walking dogs etc?
believe the event needs to go ahead as nothing has been
done incorrectly and also an apology made to Jack by the
council and media after being villianised by both. This
is a very large event and for it to be banned for no valid
reason will cause a backlash. I am one of many that would
be happy to stage a protest at this decision.
A WYENOT NEWS POINT OF VIEW
are simply publishing information about the event, which
has, until receipt of this letter been provided by 'Herefordshire
Council' only. We very much support Jamstand as an event,
and indeed have promoted it right from the event's early
days back in August 2007.
are sad at the current situation, however it has come about
(we do not have this information) and others, including
the Jamstand organizers and the police are very welcome
to send in their point of view for publication here.
any 'protest', we are not in favour of this and shall not
take any side or become involved. We will just report any
news as usual.
7th July 2010: More re Rod Stewart performing in Ross
great interest I read the letters referring to the Jazz
Club in Ross. What a wonderful era it was, with so many
great memories and all happening in the little market town
of Ross-on-Wye! No glamerous surroundings, just the old
skittle alley but what music!
can't remember Rod Stewart being there but I did see Alan
Price, Chris Farlow, Zoot Money, John Mayall and I think
the Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band and Arthur Alexander. There were
so many others but 'senior moments' prevent me from remembering
was a real priviledge to be part of this unique music experience.
Webb ( nee Barnwell )
2nd July 2010: Re Rod Stewart performing in Ross
recently saw the letter on your site from Christopher Cash
of Tasmania concerning the Jazz Club and the New Inn in
Ross and whilst I don't remember hearing about Rod Stewart
appearing there I do recall seeing a couple of other people
who would be of interest to music fans of a certain age.
would be Alan Price who had recently left the Animals at
the time ( I guess around 1965 ) and played a storming set
I recall. The other is someone who fans of soul music would
find more interesting and that was Arthur Alexander, the
American songwriter and fine singer in the 'southern soul'
style. He would have been brought to the UK on the back
of the success of several of his songs which were covered
by many of the British beat and blues groups at the time,
notably 'A shot of Rhythm and Blues', which was used a lot
and became a hit for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates and also
'You'd better move on', which was included on the Rolling
Stones first EP. Best
known of all these days was 'Anna', which found its way
onto the Beatles first album via a very respectful Lennon
remember being very excited at getting the chance to see
a real American soul singer play and sing live in my home
town and was not disappointed in the least. As I recall
the decor and set up in the back of the New Inn was pretty
basic and I often wondered what Arthur must have thought
about it all but come to think of it he had probably played
in a lot worse places and treated a lot worse too in his
have not been able to find out much about his visit to the
UK in the mid 60's or whether he ever came back again so
would be interested to hear from anyone that knows any more
on the subject. Biographical information about him on the
web is pretty brief but like many black musicians at the
time he does not seem to have gained financially from the
success that others got from his songs and due partly to
mental and physical health problems he faded out of the
music scene for many years before making a brief comeback
in the early 90's and then dying from a heart attack in
1993. Sad to realise that he deserved far greater success
than he ever achieved but nice to think that a group of
people in Ross-on-Wye were some of the few in the UK who
got the chance to see a talented and original musician at
2nd July 2010: Ross Station Masters?
wonder if you, or any of your readers, could assist me in
compiling a list of Station Masters of the Ross On Wye Stations
(I understand there were two, at one time) ? In particular,
it is the persons who held the post from the beginning of
the 20th century until closure by Dr Beaching.
23rd June 2010: Does anybody remember Rod Stewart performing in
have just arrived back in Tasmania from a very good trip
back to the U.K.. The weather here is cold as we are approaching
our 2 coldest winter months of July and August.
I really enjoyed my visit and spent time visiting relatives
in Birmingham and in North Wales, with of course a few days
in Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding areas. As a schoolboy
I attended the secondary modern school (now John Kyrle)
so the town brings many happy memories for me.
of the features of the the town have not changed, but I
was surprised to see that the old 'Roxy cinema' is no longer
as that was a real meeting place for us young ones.
mystery does remain as, in 1966 (I had started work by then
at ICI fibres in Gloucester) I remember a work mate letting
me know a friend of his who was an upcoming singer was going
to be appearing at the Ross jazz club and encouraged me
to go along, the singer turned out to be Rod Stewart. The
jazz club was situated behind the Eagle inn (was the New
Inn ) in those days. I would be interested to see if any
of your readers were at that show, or if any well known
artists appeared there, at other times.
Cash from Tasmania, who called in to see us during his brief visit
9th June 2010: Looking for the Cardinal family
department receives many enquiries from people looking for
'lost relatives'. I am looking for members of the Cardinal
family. Olive Cardinal was the manageress of The Kings Head
Hotel in Ross-on-Wye for 12 years in the 1950s and she had
a daughter Rosemary Helen Cardinal date of birth 04/03/1929
who also worked at the hotel. The
family name was Abrahall and Rosemary was educated at Ross
I wonder if any of your readers are able to help.
you are a member of the Cardinal family and would
like to get in touch, please email us and we will put you
in touch with Georgina at Cornwall Council. If you know
the Cardinal family, please point them in the direction
of this letter and ask them to contact us, if they wish
2nd June 2010: Thank You from newly elected Town Councillor Caroline
I am delighted to have been elected by the residents of
Ross West to represent them on the Town Council and will
do my very best for them and the town of Ross. During the
election campaign I received huge support from many people
and I would like to thank them all especially those who
spent many hours delivering leaflets, phoning and knocking
on doors on my behalf. Their contribution to my success
was huge and I am deeply grateful to them.
is my hope that in the next few weeks The Ross Town Plan
will be adopted by the Town Council and that we can begin
to implement its recommendations as they will bring many
benefits to the people of Ross. Copies of The Plan can be
found at Swan House, the Ross Library and The Corn Exchange
or directly from me on 01989 565685. I will also be continuing
as secretary to the Association of Ross Traders whose work
to promote the town is so important and so much fun. The
next event we are involved with is an Italian Food Market
which will be in Ross on Friday 11th June which should be
a very tasty day.
I would like to wish the other two candidates, Margaret
Lucas and John Gasston, the very best as I know they will
both continue to work hard in the community and for the
good of the town.
my family is going to visit Herefordshire/Ross on Wye and
other places, I was looking for information on the internet.
I found your site, films and information about local shops
and activities. May I use the expression "smashing!"? Thanks
a lot for the information!
you Jan and we are pleased you enjoyed your 'Wyenot'
experience. We hope you enjoy your visit to Ross-on-Wye.
12th May 2010: Can you help Ebony get to Tanzania?
name is Ebony Hodges, I am 14 years old and attend St. Mary's
R.C. High School in Hereford. In 2011 I hope to take part
in a world challenge expedition to Tanzania for a good and
enjoyable experience. On Sunday I took part in a sponsored
fun run in Reading and managed 5km. On Saturday, 15th May
I am going to do bag packing in Morrison's supermarket,
Hereford. I am also looking for other ideas to raise the
£3,000 I need to complete the expedition. My school
is linked with a primary school in Tanzania who we are hoping
to visit. I will be keeping a diary with photographs of
my trip to show everyone.
party is made up of 20 pupils from years 9 and 10. Part
of the challenge is to raise all the necessary funding ourselves.
If you can help me with any ideas for fund-raising I will
be very grateful for any suggestions. You can contact me
on 078 541 767300.
if you could put this on Wyenot, I would be very grateful.
you for your letter, Ebony.
We will do all we can to help you with your planned adventure.
If you want publicity for future fund raising efforts towards
your trip to Tanzania, just let us know. Maybe other people
will also come up with ideas to help you. I do hope so!
Hodges, Ross-on-Wye with her World Challenge certificate.
12th May 2010: Do you know these local families?
couple of years ago I posted a notice in your magazine for
family relatives of the Henry Penney Newman line, and was
very successful! Thank you very much. I am now trying to
trace on this particular family some other relatives which
I have shown below:-
Morgan – born 1946, son of Hugh Morgan (wife not know at
this moment), born 1918, and grandparents: William Morgan
and Louie Lucretia (nee Newman). Also ,,,,,,, Bernard, Anthony,
Desmond, Beryl (other brother Ronald deceased), children
of Winifred Ivy Newman and Jack Phillips, grandparents:
Henry James Penney Newman (Jnr) and Lucretia Lucy Le Grys,
who owned the Temperance Hotel in Symonds Yat in 1901, now
called the Forest View Hotel in Symonds Yat. If you could
possibly post my request in your family history column I
would be extremely grateful. I can also supply other detailed
information on the ancestors of these families. The other
relatives (first/second cousins?), being the 3 Newman brothers
who own (have owned) farms in the local area.
you very much indeed.
you are able to help Alison, please email Alan@wyenot.com
and we will put you in touch. (Please do not email me any
family histories though - just a note to say that you can
help. Thank you.)
28th April 2010: Sitting Ducks
two mallard ducks appear to have taken up permanent residence
in our garden for the last five days. Both are very comfortable.
We are waitng for the ducklings to arrive!
you have any unusual wildlife sharing your garden which
you would like to share with readers, please send the photos
green grass to graze on by Gordon Amand.
who arrived at my back door.
19th April 2010: A Great Ross Condé Twinning Weekend
Alan and Tina,
and Conde-Sur-Noireau have just enjoyed this years twinning
visit. We are now in our 32nd year of official twinning
and it was the largest visit to date as 116 people arrived
from Conde with a local football team aged 14/15 year olds.
and I have been involved with the twinning for 30 years,
and we have been staying with Louis and Marie Therese Laumonier
for well over 20 years. Each couple has two daughters and
each husband worked in the Fire Service. We have all watched
our children grow up over the years and we were invited
to and attended both their daughters’ weddings.
are all now enjoying seeing our grandchildren becoming involved
with the twinning as well. This year, Louis and Marie Therese
stayed with us and Natacha (their daughter), her husband
Thierry and children Maxence and Ambrolise stayed with our
daughter Wendy and her family. The children all get on very
well together and enjoy staying with Natacha and her family
when we visit Conde.
that Louis has retired from the Fire Service, together with
his son-in–law, he coaches the football team. His grandson
plays for in Conde and decided to bring the whole football
team to Ross-on-Wye to play against Wendy’s and Rod’s son's
(Kieran) football team Ross Junior Colts. It certainly gave
us a few headaches to start with but with the help of parents
of the footballers and friends of the twinning committee
members we managed to find accommodation for all who came.
On Saturday morning the French footballers and their host
footballers were all invited to Ross Cricket Club, where
Therese Warwick and her team had organized a Cricket taster
for all the children, followed by Barbecue reception.
two football teams played each other during the afternoon
and were very evenly matched, at half time the score was
2-2 but in the second half Conde scored the winning goal.
Ross did score another goal but it was unfortunately was
offside and the final score was Conde 3 and Ross 2. It was
a very good game.
trophy was presented to the winning team, and also a Man
of the Match player was chosen from each team by the opposite
team and trophy presented. Man of the match for The Ross
team was Dexter Churchus and Man of the Match for the Conde
team was Maxence Legendre. There was an official presentation
of the trophies by the Mayors of the towns at the Dinner
on Saturday evening.
Sunday although a Treasure Hunt, Pentanque and an English
afternoon tea had been organized, Ross Junior Colts had
a League football match to play and nearly all of the French
players including both Coaches watched and supported the
Ross boys, who I am delighted to say won 3 – 0 against Belmont
you Sue. It was a good weekend and I enjoyed covering
the various events. Our coverage of the weekend can be seen
a wonderful film and photos on Wyenot, I cried when I saw
it !! it was very good to see that film and photos souvenir.
Bravo to the photographer, please thanks Alan Wood for his
job. lots of hugs to you all
a pleasure, Sylviane. I am pleased that you enjoyed
13th April 2010: BARKING (not mad) FILM
have just seen your 1960s footage on 'Wyenot'. Absolutely
amazing - especially to see the vehicles of that era, (long
live black & white). Isn't it a pity that the rest of us
didn't think those days were important enough to film. You
must be very proud you did. And the music was brilliant,
just as if it were meant to be.
Keep up the good work.
you Colin. That series of films generated a surprising
amount of interest and feedback when I uploaded them to
Vimeo. I did so as a personal thing but they were enjoyed
by many who don't know our family from Adam. Although I
did the editing and producing, it was my father who shot
the film (other than my odd, 'Can I have a go?' with his
camera). I am currently filming the few surviving people
in them, 'remembering those days' for a documentary type
look back at our family and Barking during the 1960s.
are absolutely right about the vehicles. And so few of them.
Barking is a Greater London town and the streets in that
film are packed with cars these days. I struggle to remember
what I did an hour ago but can remember every single incident
in those cine sequences being filmed. My personal favourite
clips are the ship on the River Thames going under Tower
Bridge and my little brother, Robert dancing with Carol
- the girl next door. It was also nice to see my Dad's brother
'Reggie' who was 'Mongoloid'. Yes - that was the term we
knew what is now called 'Down's Syndrome' as back then.
It made no difference. He was a lovely uncle. Like Peter
Pan - the boy who never grew up.
have edited more of the footage since I ran the initial
article, and the films edited so far can be seen in order
13th April 2010: LOCAL WILDLIFE
are all familiar with the urban fox, now it's the urban
partridge. The two photo's attached were taken in my garden
on 05/04/2010 (good job the windows were clean).
one Dennis! Oddly enough, I have seen three foxes this
week - all of them 'urban' - none of them when I had a camera
handy. One was after a rabbit just off the M1 when I overshot
the M42 turn and had to leave the motorway at the next exit
for a U turn late at night. There were only two vehicles
about - mine and a police car. The policeman was sat in
his car with his engine off, watching the fox. My van entering
the scene gave the rabbit his chance to escape. My extra
four miles that night was worth it.
partridges by Dennis Morgan.
24th March 2010: DO YOU REMEMBER CHRISTOPER CASH FROM ROSS COUNTY?
am a former pupil of Ross County secondary school, attended
between 1961 and 1965. Along with my family, I emigrated
to Australia in 1967 and live in the state of Tasmania.
am planning a visit to the UK in May, and will be spending
a few days in Ross-on-Wye visiting the many places I remember
from my younger days. I am particularly keen to meet up
with any old school friends that may remember me as, over
the years I have lost complete contact. I am also seeking
the whereabouts of any member of the 'Hooper' family who
lived in Gorsley, the same spot as me.
am really looking forward to the trip and hoping that this
message generates a response.
39 Riverside Drive
24th February 2010: ADVERTISING BOARD VANDALS
local businesses will be disappointed to learn that their
advertising boards which were placed around Ross Rugby’s
new pitch at Greytree, at considerable expense, have been
mindlessly trashed by vandals. About 15 boards have been
kicked in or simply snapped in half.
happened last week, right in front of many homes, and it
would be good if any witnesses who saw anything could report
what they saw to the police.
advertising boards vandalised during the week.
24th February 2010: PHILLIPS FAMILY?
enjoyed the Wyenot website while Googling my ancestors,
the PHILLIPS from Ross. I am interested to find more about
my three times great grandfather Thomas PHILLIPS, who was
born around 1810 at Ross and who became a Plumber/Glazier/Painter
in South London, where I was born a lot later!
Perth, Western Australia
any reader has information which might help Shirley,
please email me and I will put you in touch. Alan
24th February 2010: VIDEOS
just wanted to say that I have watched all the films on
Wyenot and they are quite exceptional and very very enjoyable,
as well as inspiring us to come and spend some time looking
around the area.
will be there in March finding all these places for ourselves.
Choice of music for each film very well matched and added
to the atmospheric tone. Can't wait to sip the local cider
too! You are very talented.
24th February 2010: ANSWERED QUERIES
a brief note on answered queries:
far the majority of times, when I publish a general enquiry
or genealogy enquiry sent in by a reader, I receive many
replies but they are more of a 'putting people in touch'
nature than letters for publishing and so, not being involved
myself, I put the parties involved in touch and forget about
the medium of Wyenot is more permanent and far reaching
than a letter in the local newspaper, the letter does not
end up wrapped around somebody's fish and chips and often,
people read enquiry letters months after they have been
than take solved queries down, which I am loath to do because
they help other enquirers at a later date, I tend to just
put a note at the end of the original letter. Often, people
do not seem to read this bit and continue to write in offering
help. This is pointless and just causes me more work.
could of course, just put the sender's contact details with
their letter but I am loath to do this because, last time
I did that was on the occasion of lost family connections
and once the issue was resolved, a Herefordshire newspaper
picked up the story and ran a full page article about the
big reunion, sending a photographer along and failing to
mention that it was us who had made this reunion possible.
There are a lot of people out their just waiting to jump
on the bandwagon and take the credit.
is one problem which, at the moment, I have no answer to.
For the moment, I will continue to just add a 'solved' note
at the bottom but if any reader can think of a better solution,
I would be pleased to hear from you.
3rd February 2010: CAMPING AT THE WHITE LION
write in response to the article in Bridstow News, Volume
8 concerning the section of riverbank at the rear of the
White Lion in Wilton and the negative views expressed by
some local residents.
have to say that during the considerable amount of time
that I have spent enjoying this stretch of the river I have
never witnessed anyone using the footpath being in any way
inconvenienced by any activities occurring on this land.
This land appears to be rigidly policed by the landlords
and their staff so as to prevent any such inconvenience.
I have regularly seen the landlord maintaining the riverbank
to a very high standard even after flooding which is more
than I can say for many other areas of the riverbank, in
particular the unofficial campsite on the opposite bank
where unscrupulous campers appear to be allowed to pitch
their tents, unchallenged, leaving a deluge of litter and
human excrement in their wake.
the parish council wishes the landlords to maintain the
land but not be allowed to use it perhaps they should consider
a contribution towards its upkeep, or even consider purchasing
the land! But then, of course, we would expect them to maintain
it to its present standard!
myself been the victim of the effects of the current economic
climate I applaud the landlords of the White Lion for their
efforts to bring visitors to the town and create revenue
for our remaining small businesses and the parish council
and other negatives would do well to follow their example
rather than channelling their energies into driving people
3rd February 2010: CAN YOU HELP BETTY FIND A GRAVE?
I have emailed (early last year) the local church at Ross-on-Wye
to ask if 'old' headstones for 1816 still stand and would
engraving be visible, but I have heard nothing - so I take
it they are not interested in someone from New Zealand.
if you know anyone who is a Genealogist and is interested
in the headstones of Ross I would appreciate you giving
them my email address as I am travelling with a group and
I have asked that we go through Ross on 1st July 2010 so
I could see the head stones and take a photo for my Family
four times great grandparents (Andrews) are buried there.
you I appreciate your kindness.
Richmond, Nelson, NZ.
on 5th Feb: Thank you to all who have replied to this letter.
I will put all parties in touch later today. Alan
3rd February 2010: Re DOES OUR SUPERMARKET VALUE ITS CUSTOMERS?
response to the letter published on 19th January regarding
the breast screening unit not being able to be sited in
Morrison's car park, I would just like to add that when
I enquired as to the reason why this had happened I was
informed that it was only a temporary measure due to building
work at the supermarket. This seems to have been confirmed
in an article in the Hereford Times today.
feeling is that if this is a service that could potentially
save my life or that of others in the future then travelling
to Hereford by whatever means then I will do it for as long
as need be.
up the good work.
19th January 2010: DOES OUR SUPERMARKET VALUE ITS CUSTOMERS?
much does our local supermarket value its customers?
I rang the breast screening unit to rearrange an appointment
for my wife, I asked why she had to travel to Hereford to
have this done when the mobile unit has visited Ross previously.
The reply was that the supermarket that they were using
had declined permission for them to park there.
understand that this unit takes up about six or seven parking
spaces on the car park, and that people visiting the unit
will also take up spaces which could be used by other customers
and that the ladies visiting the unit might drive off without
going into the store and spending money.
ladies, the next time you are at the till paying for your
weekly shopping, ask yourself, 'Am I really a valued customer
or am I just a source of profit for this supermarket who
is not worried about my well being, just how much money
I am going to spend to boost their profits?'
does this unit have to use the supermarket? Why is there
not an available source of electricity elsewhere in the
town? Why not arrange for the swimming pool car park to
have a supply of electricity available? Or would this mean
a loss of money for the council from the lost parking spaces?
There is a large, free car park in Wilton Road which would
not result in a loss of revenue to the council but would
possibly mean that a source of electricity would have to
be installed which would mean Herefordshire Council spending
some money in Ross, so this is probably a non starter.
is the point of a mobile unit if it can't be mobile?
was a fifteen minute visit to this unit has now become a
two hour journey to Hereford to ironically visit the same
supermarket chain. They obviously value their customers
and potential customers more highly. So, this can't be company
policy and must be down to the individual manager.
this is the year of elections, please don't publish my name
as I don't want to be accused of trying to score points
with the electors by supporting any cause that comes along.
and address supplied.
12th January 2010: TOWN COUNCIL AND CLIMATE CHANGE
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may be aware of the 10:10 campaign, a grass-roots movement
which seeks to persuade individuals and organisations to
tackle climate change by committing to reduce their carbon
emissions by 10% during 2010. At this week's Town Council
meeting I proposed a resolution reading:
on Wye Town Council applauds the 10:10 campaign and resolves
to support it by cutting the carbon emissions for which
the Council is directly responsible by at least 10% during
2010. We further commit to encourage individuals and organisations
within Ross to join the 10:10 campaign.
write to express my disappointment that five Town Councillors
(Bramer, Cutter, Hyde, Lucas and Ravenscroft) combined to
argue against the immediate adoption of the resolution,
on the grounds that that could not see how such savings
could be made. They instead out-voted the others present
to request that I research in detail how such savings could
be made. Several examples of possible savings were suggested
by the opponents of the resolution, all of which were depicted
as difficult, expensive or inconvenient.
Town Council is currently awaiting the results of an energy
survey, but a quick look at the accounts shows that we spend
about £1000 on heating the Corn Exchange and about £1000
on floodlighting St Mary's church each year. These energy
bills represent almost all the Council's carbon footprint.
I explained to the meeting that insulating the Corn Exchange
and replacing the St Mary's bulbs with LED equivalents would
yield much more than 10% carbon savings but to no avail.
message this obstinacy sends out to the people of Ross is
not helpful. It tells them that some of their Councillors
believe saving energy is difficult, expensive, awkward and
of low priority. This damaging message is exactly contrary
to the empowering message of the 10:10 campaign. The 10:10
website explains how small changes in lifestyle, such as
avoiding waste or buying locally produced food, can make
a big difference to carbon emissions (http://www.1010uk.org/).
Saving energy can also save you money of course.
opponent's message also ignores the Town Council's own recent
experience with the Christmas lights. All the feedback on
the 2009 lights in Ross has been positive, with several
people commenting that these were the best lights Ross had
ever had. Yet they used 80% less electricity than the previous
lights. This shows that saving energy can be an opportunity
to do things better, not a reason to bury heads in sand.
far 53,776 people, 2,033 Businesses, 1,046 schools, universities
and colleges plus 1,422 other organisations have signed
up for 10:10. I am disappointed the Ross-on-Wye Town Council
cannot join up this month but hope that good sense and a
twenty-first century attitude will prevail at the February
meeting to vote the resolution through.