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Wyenot News - The weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 94 - 3rd May 2006
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Thank You Gordon and Margaret!

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Gordon and Margaret Lucas very much for the excellent year's service they have given the town in their roles as Mayor and Mayoress of Ross-on-Wye. And for the fantastic meal Margaret prepared for friends at the Corn Exchange last Wednesday evening. Margaret, you are a great cook and the roast beef was better than (or as good as) my mum used to cook! I did not take any photographs on the night, I just enjoyed the occasion but this is my favourite photo of you for the year.

Gordon and Margaret. You have been great! Mayoring here and Mayoring there is not an easy task and it must have been very tiring but you both performed it exceedingly well. Thank you for a such a very special year!

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Margaret and Linda are Off to See The Queen!

Having been nominated by Mr. Ian Jarvis, the General Manager of the South West Business Unit of British Waterways, Margaret Evans from Gorsley (pictured right) has been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 18th May 2006.

Taking her friend, Linda Eden as her guest, she will be joining two hundred and sixty others plus their guests at a 'Reception to recognise people over sixty who continue to make a significant contribution to national life'.

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Macmillan May Day

Peter and Christine Dowsett have decided to something special for Macmillan. They are both excellent supporters of Macmillan and are on the Committee of the local Ross Support Group. They are especially renowned for their home-made cakes, which are sold at the Big Sale in August and at other events. Peter had his story published in the Hereford Times as part of their May Day appeal. They have been very busy visiting the shops and local businesses in Hereford and Ross for donations for their raffle and tombola; everyone has been most generous and they have done amazingly well.

There will be a range of interesting stalls, teas, coffees and tasty lunches. A good selection of delicious, freshly made cakes and fruit pies will be available, a raffle and tombola, handmade cards, local preserves and a nearly new selection will ensure there is something for everyone, not forgetting the children. There will also be tickets on sale for a Balloon race, which will be let off at the Big Sale in August.

It will be held in the Much Birch Community Hall on 6th May from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., though this might be extended if they find that they are still busy.

Any further enquiries about this, other events or even if you would like to help the local Ross group, please contact Peter & Chris Dowsett on 01981 541185 or Pauline McRae on Ross (01989) 567445.

Topical Photography

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Above: The Sue Ryder shop in Ross has launched a new loyalty card. More information next week. In the Photo are Glynis O'Donnell, manager, Belinda Holdsworth, deputy, Sue Beard, volunteer, Charlotte and Joyce Thomas MBE DL, who launched the scheme on Thursday last.

Below: Congratulations to Councillor John Davies and his wife, Hannah on the arrival of Baby William.

Bottom: Travis Perkins have donated some asphalt to fill holes in the road at the Recycling Centre. Dennis Humble and Darren Felton, Ian Rock, Alec Brooke and Billy Smith from WCR.

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Visitor Figures April 2006

Without going into too much detail, more people than ever are visiting this web site every day. I think the figures below speak for themselves.

In case you are wondering. The counter figure at the bottom of the page, although it clocks up a couple of thousand visits per day, always reads less because it does not count every page of the site. It also relies on hitting an independent server in the USA, which it sometimes cannot get through to, especially during periods of peak activity, so it always under-reads by a considerable amount. For three and a half years, I had it set to count just the index page, so it is under-reading by several million. I actually find it a pile of poop and only keep it as a rough daily guide for myself, because downloading and analysing the server log daily is far too time consuming a task for an idle curiosity type thing. The figures below are direct from my web server and are 100% accurate.

Visitor Statistics Summary for
May 2005 to April 2006

Summary Period: Last 12 Months
Generated 02-May-2006 10:21

Summary by Month
Month Daily Avg Monthly Totals
Hits Files Pages Visits Sites KBytes Visits Pages Files Hits
Apr 2006 22491 16166 5296 1090 16598 10710776 32716 158896 484989 674748
Mar 2006 18788 14528 3248 1216 16047 9596156 37711 100692 450398 582446
Feb 2006 17666 13701 3061 862 13167 8001155 24150 85728 383645 494670
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
Totals 85,752,429 275,105 1,033,147 4,421,027 5,700,151

Summary for April 2005
  Hits Files Pages Visits Sites Kbytes Visits Pages Files Hits
APR 2005 11954 9831 1811 582 9933 4614510 17463 54354 294944 358632

New Ross-on-Wye Garden Centre

Joyce Thomas MBE DL and Mayor Gordon Lucas officially opened a new garden centre in the Old Station Shed on Saturday Morning, 29th April.

Before the Mayor officially cut the ribbon, Joyce spoke to visitors to the new centre in the historic old station building. She explained that the last train from Ross to Monmouth was in 1959 and that the building remained empty for some time before being taken over by a very successful business called 'Baileys', who eventually outgrew the building.

Joyce said, 'Today is another special occasion - the opening of a Ross garden store, close to the town with parking facilities. As you can see, there are quality goods displayed, such as fresh flowers, bedding plants, specimen plants, furniture etc. Something for every gardener and, just as important, service with a smile! The few words I had with Manager, Alison Stephenson impressed me very much, "Our Company ethos is to concentrate on quality, value and service; to support local companies and suppliers and to use local tradesmen" I applaud that.'

Joyce then continued with a quotation by Eleanor Roosevelt, 'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift'. 'Today's gift for Ross-on-Wye is another quality business which will undoubtedly encourage people to our town. I wish you a happy and successful future in Ross-on-Wye.'

Pictured below at the opening are Alison Stephenson, Joyce Thomas MBE DL and Mayor Gordon Lucas. Also pictured below are the staff at the new centre, John Price, Jayne Rawlings, Alison Stephenson, Wendy Howells and Jane Fishwick.

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