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28th June 2012 - Ross Will Rock!

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot Blog. I was sad to learn that the 10th annual Country Music Festival has been cancelled this year as the 3 day event raises a tremendous amount of money for St. Michael's Hospice. The festival is usually held in July but, as with many other festivals this year, due to HM Queen's Jubilee celebrations, was brought forward. I'm sure that next year's Country Music Festival will be bigger and better than ever.

I along with the rest of the Ross Rocks team have had a very busy time of it lately, finalizing our plans to provide everybody with a fantastic day out on Saturday, from 11am until 11pm. We hope that you all will come along and support the event which includes lots of great live music, an Open Mic session, demonstrations, fairground rides, bars and lots more. Let us hope that the weather is kinder than it has been of late.

Ross Rocks has taken up most of my time during the past month, not least the past two weeks when we made the decision to apply for a licence for an alternative venue, The Wilton Road Car Park, due to the water on The Caroline Symonds Gardens. After a nail biting few days, being unable to wait any longer, I telephoned the Licensing Office and was informed that the licence had been granted and I received the written confirmation of this today!

Last year, when the team were sitting around tables, talking about putting the event together and making arrangements, it was somewhat difficult to envisage the event itself but on the day, when all that hard work came to fruition, we were blown away! Now during meetings, I keep looking back to last year's event and how well it all went and how I was touched by the many artistes who paid tribute to Alan during their performances on the Alan Wood Stage. All we need now is for a bright, sunshiny day and for lots of you to turn up to enjoy the event, after which there will be lots of news for you to catch up on in Wyenot News.

Have a great weekend!

Love

Tina
xx.


12th June 2012 - Busy Playing Catch Up . . .

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot Blog. I hope that you all enjoyed the May Fayre, the Olympic Torch relay and the more recent Jubilee celebrations. There have been many great events going on in and around the town, some of which I managed to get out to photograph. Unfortunately I have been unable to cover everything as things have been very busy at work as well as at home and I along with the rest of the Ross Rocks team have been finalizing our plans for Ross Rocks 2012 which is due to take place on Saturday, 30th June.

The line up for Ross Rocks will be published during the next couple of days. Caz Holbrook has posted some of her many photographs of the 2011 event on the Ross Rocks Facebook page and Alan's daughter, Sarah has posted links to the two great videos she filmed there also.

I shall more than likely be awake for most of the night, sorting through the hundreds of photographs I have taken recently, choosing the best ones to publish here very soon. I wanted to post this blog so that you all know that Wyenot is still up and running and always will be. Watch this space for further news.

Love

Tina
xx.


10th May 2012 - A Very Mixed Week . . .

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot News. It has taken some catching up with but I hope you like the results. In the main, this week has been good and it has been lovely to see that strange yellow round thing in the sky again at times instead of perpetual rain. Let us hope that the sun will come out to play tomorrow for the Ross May Fayre, where a whole day of fantastic fun has been arranged by ART for the whole family to enjoy.

I was rather angry however, to discover that a previous plagiarizer of Alan's work has now seen fit to rip stuff from Wyenot.com again, with no by your leave, credit, payment, apology for last time etc. I will not allow this person to continue to do this. (If you do happen to be reading this blog, be warned. You will be hearing from me. SOON!)

The first anniversary of Alan's passing is drawing ever nearer and I guess it goes without saying, I can't help going back there. I am not only thinking of Alan's illness or the strong courage he showed as he bore it, although these are always in my mind. I also go back to the things we talked about, for hours and Alan's sense of humour that remained with him, despite being so ill. These memories of Alan's strength of character give me the will to go on.

Before I sign for this week, I would like to say a big thank you to all of my friends and family who have helped me in many ways me during this very difficult time. I I am so fortunate to have so many good people around me and I am truly grateful to you all.

I hope you enjoy reading this week's issue of Wyenot News and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Love

Tina
xx.


1st May 2012 - Settling In . . .

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot News. I am now safely installed in my new residence, surrounded by lots of boxes yet to be unpacked. I am sleeping better already, feel more able to work now and have been busy processing all of the news I have been covering during the past few weeks.

Although my decision to leave 1, Hill view Road was the right one to make, as I looked around the house before closing the door for the very last time I felt sad to be leaving. I lived in that house for 24 years; my children grew up there and my happiest years there were those spent with Alan, the loss of whom I am still struggling to come to terms with. I still say 'We' instead of 'I', 'Us' instead of 'Me' and 'Ours' instead of 'Mine' and probably will continue to do so for some time. We were not just partners, we were soul mates and if there was the remotest possibility that I could have changed places with Alan, I would have. However, it was not to be.

I have managed to settle down to working on the news again this week. I have taken many photographs during the last few weeks which I have been unable to do anything with until now as pending my move, which had been put back four times, I had no computer set up and no internet access. However, all in this vital department now appears to be well and I have enjoyed being able to prepare these pages for you to read and hopefully you will enjoy reading them.

I am looking forward to the forthcoming May Fayre on Saturday, 12th May which promises to be a fantastic day out for all of the family, along with the many other events which are due to take place during the summer months. Lets just hope the persistent precipitation ceases soon so that we may all enjoy the events being organized and that I may, at last, begin to run the ice cream hut at the Hope & Anchor.

I hope that you enjoy reading this week's news and that you all have fun during the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Love

Tina
xx.


19th April 2012 - Almost There . . .

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot News blog. As many of you are aware, I have been in the process of moving house since the middle of last month, hence the lack of updates to Wyenot News recently. The move has taken far longer and has been far more stressful than I had anticipated for various reasons, however, thanks to the help of good friends, I am almost there now and I am looking forward to publishing the many photographs I have taken during the past couple of months.

I have been without an internet connection for the past month as I had informed my provider a month in advance that I would be leaving my old residence in mid March, little knowing just how long and arduous this task was to be. Needless to say, the move did not go according to plan. However, yesterday I finally managed to get online in my new home and I am looking forward to covering the many events which are planned to take place in and around Ross-on-Wye in the near future, such as the May Fair, the Big Picnic, Ross Rocks, the Country Music Festival and Carnival Day. Further details of these events and many more will shortly be published on the What's On? page of Wyenot.com.

As I said, I am almost there and in two days time I shall, with mixed feelings, close the door of 1, Hill View Road for the very last time. I know for certain that my decision to move was the right one and I wish to thank everybody for their help, love and understanding throughout what has been a very stressful period.

I hope that you will continue to enjoy Wyenot News and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Love

Tina

xx.


14th March 2012 - Quelling Rumours, Congratulations and Breaking with Tradition

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot News blog. Before I begin, I would like to assure Wyenot News readers that despite the so far, quietly spreading rumour, I am not, repeat not, giving up Wyenot.com and Wyenot News. Yes, the updates of Wyenot News have been somewhat irregular during the past few months. However, I did think I had adequately explained the reasons for this but apparently not clearly enough for certain people. Once my transition from this home to my new one is complete, I shall once again be burning the 2am oil, getting Wyenot News online for all to enjoy on a weekly basis.

I am absolutely delighted to announce to those not already in the know, (news travels very fast), Alan's daughter Sarah gave birth to her gorgeous daughter, Ella-Rose Amelia Palmer on Thursday, 8th March. Mother and baby are doing really well and Dad, James Palmer is over the moon as are Grandma, Bernice and uncles Matt and Chris. Congratulations and love to you all.

Alan would be so proud of the beautiful, new arrival to the family. A very short while before he lost his brave battle against cancer, Alan told me that he had dreamt Sarah was pregnant. We shared this dream with Sarah and we all kind of laughed it off. However, just over 9 months later . . .

Ross Town Councillors have broken away from tradition this year in that the current Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft has been elected to run a second term of office for 2012 / 2013. Traditionally, the Deputy Mayor is proposed, then subsequently elected as the new Mayor at the end of a term. However, with preparations for important forthcoming events being well underway under Councillor Ravenscroft's leadership, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Caroline Utting felt it would make sense for the current Mayor to see the events through. The proposal was voted on and accepted. I wish Councillor Ravenscroft another very successful term of office. Further news items will follow later today.

Packing up my home of the last 24 years is taking some time, as you can imagine. My arm is still not working properly, so progress has been slower than I would have liked. However, there is light appearing at the end of the tunnel and I feel much more optimistic about the future. There are lots of exciting events being planned for the summer months and I am looking forward to getting out and about to cover as many of them as possible.

For now, it is back to the packing but I shall look forward to the near future when it will be 'business as usual.'

Thank you all for your patience and understanding throughout what has been a very difficult period. Your support has meant so much. Have a good week.

Love

Tina

xx.


1st March 2012 - New Home - New Start

Hello and welcome to this week's Wyenot News blog. Happy St. David's Day and Happy World Book Day! As it is St. David's Day today I thought I would leek a little information (sorry!) I am currently in the process of packing up the last 24 years of my life into hundreds of boxes and moving it out of my current address. So far, I think I have managed 3 months worth of said 24 years and I am beginning to panic a little as I have just 2 weeks and 3 days left.

I am reluctant to leave this house as I have lived here for almost half of my life but I do feel it is the only way forward. I know I shall feel happier where I am going and will be able to work better in my new environment. I have been fighting a losing battle trying to work in this room I shared with Alan for so long. I have had a bit of a set back recently as I have paralyzed a nerve in my arm again. The driving lessons have had to take a passenger seat for the time being and progress with all the packing I have to do is slow. However, I have a friend coming to help today and I am extremely grateful to her.

It is World Book Day today and, doing their bit to encourage children and young people to read, Ross Old Books have a great range of books in store for them. There is a special shelf in the shop where you can expect to pick up a great read for no more than £3. Why not go along and see what they have to offer?

Plans for Ross Rocks are going well, however this year it will once again be a one day event, to take place on Saturday, 30th June. Amongst the many reasons for this, Ross Country Music Festival is taking place the same weekend. There are many events planned to take place in Ross-on-Wye this year so there will be plenty for us locals as well as our visitors to enjoy. I hope to see you at as many of the events as possible, including the monthly Jazz Nights which Andy and Maria are putting on in the Stable Suite of the Eagle Inn. The first of these is to take place on Sunday, 25th March when Sauce City Jazz will be performing. Please visit the What's On? page for further details.

I have to get on with more packing now but I wanted to keep you informed as to the status quo. Whatever you plan to do this week, have a good one!

Love

Tina

xx.


10th February 2012 - Driving Slowly Onward

Hello and welcome to this week's issue of Wyenot News. (Yes! And it is just one week since the last issue). Since I made the decision to look for somewhere else to live I have felt more positive about the future. It will be a wrench for me to leave this house as I have lived here for 24 years but it would be so much harder to stay so after many weeks of wondering, 'Should I or shouldn't I?' making the decision that I should has made such a difference to how I feel. I am now looking forward.

I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to my second driving lesson; well, I'm pleased to say that both my instructor and I are still around to enable me to take my third lesson this weekend. I shall not say when as I do not wish to cause panic amongst the masses. All I will say is that if you see a driving school mini with somebody who looks very like me at the wheel... run away! Seriously though, so far the lessons are going well and I am looking forward to passing my test and being more independent. I'm also looking forward to being able to visit my Mum more often.

I had a very enjoyable Saturday evening last week as I was invited to watch the John Kyrle High School production of Dracula Spectacular and it was brilliant but then again, everything I have seen at the school has been. I have slowly been finding my way around the camera and I am much more confident with it now. I used to be terrified of it but have occasionally sought advice from friends in the know. (Cheers Simon and Mike). I have yet to finish preparing the many photographs I took whilst there but as soon as they are done I will publish them on Wyenot News.

For now I am leaving you with the News from Ross and Around the Region and this blog as it is now 7am and I haven't been to bed yet. I have been busy catching up with some outstanding business. Before I go, however, I would like to take this opportunity to wish my friend Stacey a Happy Birthday for today, (see you later, Stacey); my 'baby' brother Kev and my good friend Nick Stephens of Rose Cottage a Happy Birthday for Saturday and my niece, Nicola, a very Happy 9th Birthday for Sunday. I hope you all have amazing birthdays.

Love,

Tina
xxx


3rd February 2012 - Time for a Change

Hello and welcome to Wyenot News. Many local people will be aware that I have been experiencing several technical difficulties recently. One minute all seems to be working fine, the next minute, nothing seems to want to work, which is usually the very same minute I really need to get certain things done. 'Sod's Law,' as Alan would say. I thought it would be best if I wrote this blog so that those who have been wondering and waiting for things (sincere apologies for the latter but circumstances beyond my control etc.), can be assured that Wyenot.com and Wyenot News are going to continue as I promised Alan they would.

It was eight months yesterday since Alan passed away and we all still miss him dreadfully. In fact I don't think I can ever see a time when we will not. Alan's daughter, Sarah is expecting a baby next month, an event we are all looking forward to very much but the sad side of this is that Alan won't be physically around to see his first grandchild. However, I do believe that he will be watching from wherever he is right now.

I have also made plans for change. I find it difficult to sit here in this room that I shared with Alan for so long. In fact, I dread returning to this house knowing that Alan will not be here with his welcoming smile, kiss and cup of tea before showing me what he had been working on all day; and all night. I have made the decision to look for somewhere else to live. I shall remain in Ross-on-Wye, of course, as I look upon Ross as my home town. I came to live here when I was 18 years old and I shall never move away. I am not trying to shut out the memories of the man I love more than anything, I just need to be somewhere I didn't share with him so that it will be slightly less painful to go home and sit alone.

I have been busy during the past month, covering events and receiving press releases which I am hoping to have online later today. (Given that nothing else technical goes wrong!) Plans for Ross Rocks are also underway for Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th June. Ross Rocks was such a fantastic event last year and the team are all looking forward to putting on another great event. We will be holding a series of fund raising events, which I hope you will support, so that we can make each Ross Rocks bigger and better than the year before, for YOU!

Oh! Just a word of warning before I go . . . I am now taking driving lessons. The first lesson went well and I am looking forward to the second one next week. Be warned, be safe!

Love,

Tina
xxx


4th January 2012 - Welcome to Wyenot News 2012 ... May Your Year be a Good One

Hello and welcome to the first 2012 issue of Wyenot News. I, for one, have beeen looking forward to the New Year. 2011 was my annus horribilis and I could not wait to see the back of it! Not, of course that I will ever forget the awful things that happened, but I do feel that with the New Year comes fresh hope and a fresh start.

In this issue of Wyenot News you can see and read about the many events I have been covering during the past few months. These have remained unpublished to date due to time and circumstance but I hope that you will enjoy them in any case. (I also would like to show you that I have not been entirely idle during the times when issues of Wyenot News have been published somewhat sporradically!) I have not found either work or everyday things easy without the two most important men in my life around but thanks to the wonderful support I have rece6ived from my many friends and family I am now ready to proceed 'as normal' and I hope that you will continue to enjoy reading Wyenot News.

I do hope that you all enjoyed a good Christmas and that you had fun bringing in the New Year. May 2012 turn out to be a happy and prosperous year for us all.

Love,

Tina
xxx


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