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Issue No. 82 [Back Issues]
7th February 2006

This Week - [Ross Pre-school Playgroup - The Otters - Sleeping Beauty - Golf Unites for Acorns]
[January Visitor Figures - Cycling for MS - Walford Scouts at Leadership Trust - Big Schools Birdwatch]

[Important Notice, Samaritans - Topical Photography]
[Nature Watch - Ross Boys trained by WBA - Heritage Centre Exhibition II - Howle Hill Football]
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Visitor Figures January 2006

With Christmas out of the way, the start of this year has seen a huge increase in visitors to compared to the same time last year. January 2006 figures even beat those of August 2005 - the busiest month last year if you exclude the Abba photo viewers who virtually doubled the page view figures during September! January 2006 saw half a million 'hits', over 25,000 'visits' and 81,000 pages of the web site viewed.

The huge increase in January 2006 viewers is due to two things. People have started looking for holidays and weekend breaks again in earnest and Wyenot News has suddenly gained a much larger readership both locally and internationally.

The top three most visited pages of the web site during the month of January were the 'Home' page, followed by, 'Wyenot News', followed by 'Accommodation'. The 'A to Z Index', 'Pubs' and 'Shops' pages were the next three most popular pages.

On average, 2,625 pages of this web site were viewed every day during January and below is a chart showing monthly figures for the past eleven months.

The statistic with the most serious personal consequences this month however was that three weeks running I have had to change my 'breakfast at the Cantilupe Café' day from Thursday to Saturday - once due to having a nasty flu virus (it must have been bad - I lost my appetite) and twice due to news photography jobs.

Visitor Statistics Summary for
March 2005 to January 2006

Summary Period: Last 11 Months
Generated 01-Feb-2006 09:46

Summary by Month
Month Daily Avg Monthly Totals
Hits Files Pages Visits Sites KBytes Visits Pages Files Hits
Jan 2006 16527 13053 2625 833 13130 8522052 25823 81379 404645 512345
Dec 2005 11496 8966 2106 609 9303 5664908 18906 65313 277954 356376
Nov 2005 13735 11058 2600 676 12704 6635494 20285 78005 331768 412053
Oct 2005 13169 10600 2266 664 11072 6299929 20604 70259 328602 408242
Sep 2005 18902 12930 4762 649 10854 6795827 19475 142888 387913 567068
Aug 2005 15956 12610 2353 678 11160 7074243 21039 72948 390923 494654
Jul 2005 12751 10134 1809 571 10459 5349640 17706 56088 314177 395297
Jun 2005 12907 10637 1957 598 10475 5463732 17953 58715 319113 387225
May 2005 13387 11190 2007 604 11137 5638517 18737 62236 346900 415027
Apr 2005 11954 9831 1811 582 9933 4614510 17463 54354 294944 358632
Mar 2005 10183 8312 1532 515 8904 3924884 15984 47518 257695 315683
Totals 65983736 213975 789703 3654634 4622604

Cycling for Ross Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Fran Francis cycled to India in November last year to raise money for Ross Multiple Sclerosis Support Group and on Thursday, 2nd February she presented a cheque for £3,220 to the group, who meet at Ross Community Hospital. By way of a thank you, the support group responded by presenting Fran with a certificate and a bouquet of flowers.

Fran told Wyenot News, 'I have been riding bikes for charity since 1999 with the generous support and sponsorship of my friends, family and customers at the Lea Store, Lea. Such support has often helped me to find the strength to keep cycling even when faced with yet another large mountain to climb. A grand total of over 17,000 has been raised for MENCAP, The Deaf Children's Society and the Ross MS Support Group. I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the fund-raising events by giving their time and effort.

I have found all of the bike rides challenging, as they should be. Even the shorter ones from London to Paris and London to Amsterdam. I am now retiring from this crazy way to take a 'holiday', as I have less time these days for training, so I have left my lucky cycling trainers in India, where although well worn, someone will be making good use of them.

The rides were China in 1999, Brazil in 2001, London to Amsterdam in 2001, London to Paris in 2002, Vietnam in 2002 and lastly India in 2005. As you can see it has been varied and interesting and I am very fortunate to have travelled to many different countries and sampled their cultures. My last ride was to India in November 2005 for the Ross MS Support Group, when 3,220 was raised. It was great to raise funds for such a friendly local group who are so enthusiastic about helping to provide equipment and aids for fellow sufferers in the area. Once again, many thanks to everyone. You have been so fantastic and generous, as always.'

Below, presentations of both the cheque and the bouquet can be seen. In the top picture, left to right are back: Carolyn Waterhouse, Angela McNally, Rosemarie Baker, Rose Tingle, Pete Cowderey and Graham Tingle. Front: Fran Francis, Roger Pratlett, Maureen Cowedery and Gloria Neale.

For further information on Ross Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, please telephone Roger Pratlett on 01989 564175.

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Walford Scouts working towards their Chef's Badge

At the invitation of Head Chef, Marc Barnet, 1st Walford Cubs and Scouts visited the kitchen and restaurant at the Leadership Trust, Weston-under-Penyard on Thursday, 2nd February to work towards obtaining their 'chef's' badge.

The scouts and cubs split into two groups for the lesson. Group one (pictured top) cooked char grilled marinated sirloin steak, served with a sweet onion tarte tatin, game chipped potatoes, roasted tomato and a grain mustard cream whilst group two prepared home made vanilla ice cream served in a brandy snap basket and drizzled with toffee sauce. The boys enjoyed their meal after all the hard preparation in the Leadership Trust restaurant.

In the group photograph (bottom) are, James Teague, Jim Woods, Don Buffery, Marc Barnett and James Weatherhead and Group Scout Leader, John Edwards. The Cubs and Scouts are Nathan Young, Tom Dunn, Louie Woods, Richard Powell, Philip Burton, Daniel Pearce, Eddie Gill and Mark Alston.

If you would like to join Walford Cubs or Scouts, you are welcome to contact John Edwards on 01989 762224.

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RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch

Children at Gorsley Goffs took part in the RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch on Friday, 3rd February, recording the number of birds spotted in one hour within the school grounds. Siskins, green finches, coal tits, goldfinches and great tits were among the many birds seen at the school within the hour.

Last year, 32, 000 children took part in the exercise, helping the RSPB to discover how birds are faring around the country.

Pictured below are pupils, Oliver James, Luke Williams, Jessica Waters and Niamh Compton looking for birds in the grounds of Gorsley Goffs with the help of volunteer mum, Caroline Bodger. Also pictured is a chaffinch, spotted by the children during the watch.

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