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Issue No. 84 [Back Issues]
21st February 2006

This Week - [Hope & Anchor Caving Expedition - Hanover Housing in Bloom - Betzdorf Visit - Janey Lee Grace]
[Invitation to Tina's Leaving Party - Sea Cadets help Acorns - Video Experiment - Readers' Photographs]
[Topical Photography (lots of it)]
[Elephant Day - Rugby]
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An Invitation to Tina's Leaving Party

Tina will be leaving the Hope & Anchor this coming Friday to join the staff at the White Lion, Wilton. Tina's role at the Hope & Anchor began with booking bands to play during the Friday evening live music sessions. She later began to work occasional shifts, becoming a full time member of the team in September 2004. She has enjoyed her time working for Ben and with all of the staff and would like to thank them all for making her time there a very happy one!

Tina has made many friends during her time at the Hope and would like to invite them all, new and old to join her at her leaving party, in the Hope & Anchor Boat Bar on Friday evening, where Andy Margret will be providing the entertainment. She hopes that you will visit her at the White Lion soon.

Please note, this is not a private party - even you can come.

Oh dear! Another night, of helping her home then listening to her talking to God on the porcelain telephone, I guess!

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Ross Sea Cadets Cycle to Help Acorns Hospice

Sea Cadets from Training Ship Ross took part in a fund-raising cycle trail covering 10 miles in the Forest of Dean. The cadets raised a total of £666, half of which is to be presented to the Acorns Hospice appeal. The remaining £333 is to be used by Ross Sea Cadets themselves.

Ross Sea cadets offer many opportunities to boys and girls between the ages 12 and 18 and meet at the Unit headquarters, Station Approach Ross on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 1900-2115. They also have a junior section on Thursday evenings for boys and girls age ten to twelve years. Ross Sea Cadets are currently looking for male and female staff to assist with training cadets, helping with the administration and supervising the Junior Section. Please contact the Commanding Officer on Ross 567426 for further details or call at the unit on any parade night.

Pictured below with Commanding Officer Sue Lampert are: Edmond Williams, Breda Meek, Matthew Hammett, Jade Ruck, Jack Lilwall, Ben James, Ryan Green, Ben Hickman, Dunston Beizsley and Craig Morgan.

The bottom photograph shows the Sea Cadets taking part in their fund-raising Cycle Trail.

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An Experiment In Video

To try to keep Wyenot News as interesting and informative as possible, I am considering running the occasional video news item - a kind of on-line television. Online Television is something I have not tried before so first I need to test the system - video format and how to transmit it etc. and for this I would like to ask for your help.

If you have the time, would you please click here to see if you are able to view the short movie clip. This is my first, early video for Windows experiment and I need to know if it works.

If this experiment is successful, with the help of Tina I will film the occasional Ross-on-Wye news item in future.

In order to be able to analyse the results of this experiment, I would be grateful if depending on what you see, you would please click one of the two links below and fire a blank email so that I can determine success or failure. Your email address is safe and will not be passed on or added to any mailing lists. Sorry but due to the amount of email I receive and the amount of time this web site takes up, I probably will not have time to reply to all senders of results individually but your help is nonetheless very much appreciated.

Please click here if the video clip played ok -

Please click here if you were unable to view the clip.

Information about the Film Clip

If you are able to view the clip, you should see a very short and very old bit of film which is an extract from the first moving pictures I have of myself with my family. I am pretty sure it was filmed in Barking Park, Essex, in 1962 when I was nine years old. I was the oldest child, so I am the taller boy (if you are the slightest bit interested). The other people in the clip are my younger brothers, John and Robert and my Mum and Dad. I don't remember who the girl in the film was, though I think it may have been a childhood friend called Linda. The boy with the bow and arrow at the end is my Dad's brother, Reg, who was born with Down's syndrome and lived to the ripe old age (for Down's sufferers) of 58 years. He died in 2004, a year and a half before Mum. There is no sound added, so the only audio you will hear is the sound of the 8 mm projector and me coughing and generally moving around in the background.

I have two hours of cine film from the 1960s but I don't watch it often because seeing the people again and my own childhood naivety upsets me.

Thank you for your help.

Readers' Photographs

The Following two photographs of the magnificent Iguazu Falls were sent in by Chris Constable of Ross-on-Wye, during his tour of South America. It looks like a fantastic place to visit and we are quite envious Chris!


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