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No. 104 - 19th July 2006
[Matthew - Music at Ashfield Park - ALPS Student of the Year - JKHS
Tennis Finals - Richard's Coin -
Carnival Events - Topical Photography - Rachel Barter - Letters - Heritage
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Week's News - Matthew takes priority
week's Wyenot News is down to the bare minimum and consists
mainly of photos. To save time I have put it all on one
page and have included as much text information as I can
get in with the time left available for prep. Press releases
have been published, unedited. My apologies for this - I
have spent most of the past week in Hereford, just nipping
home when necessary. Just once in a while, something happens
which becomes more important than anything else going on
and has to take priority but things will be back to normal
as soon as humanly possible.
local readers who have seen either myself, Bernice or Tina
this week will already know that there has been a problem.
last September, my 20 year old son, Matt has been suffering
some pain which has been treated as an infection, with antibiotics.
These had been relieving some of the pain but it never fully
was due to go off travelling, had given up his job at Morrisons
and had a ticket to fly to Amsterdam on Tuesday, 11th July
this year. As the pain was not going away, a scan was arranged
for him later in the year. Due to his travel arrangements
however, Matt spoke to the hospital and they agreed to bring
the date forward so he could have the scan before leaving
on his adventure.
the scan showed a problem which required immediate treatment
and Matt had to postpone his trip abroad. He has since undergone
two operations - one on his neck and one on his abdomen
- both exploratory. We are awaiting biopsy results.
is all we know at the time of writing but we are all certain
that everything is going to be fine long term and that Matt
will eventually be able to travel the world and also enjoy
his hobbies of making and playing computer games, listening
to heavy metal music and driving everybody mad with the
noise as he plays along with the guitar riffs, through a
200 watt valve guitar amp in his bedroom.
New Musical Experience at Ashfield Park
Ashfield Park Year 3 pupils had a new experience last Tuesday
when violin virtuoso Ken Aiso and pianist Howard Moody brought
Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata live to the school. Divided
into groups of 28 and 29, they listened, they sang in German,
they played, they improvised and they conducted under the
expert guidance of these two accomplished musicians. Concentration
never wavered during the two morning sessions which together
lasted almost three hours. Resuming after lunch, one more
group session was followed by a concert attended by parents,
with all joining in the singing. To have introduced 7 and
8 year-olds to one of the great classical masterpieces might
have been thought to have been taking them a stage too far.
'Not at all' said Howard Moody ' they understand it perfectly
well at their own level, and enjoy it every bit as much
as experienced concert-goers.' No one could argue with this
having heard some of the comments made by the children afterwards.
workshop, organized by Ross
Live! was the first in what is intended to be a continuing
project bringing classical music to young people, to let
them experience top quality live performance in the hope
that they may be encouraged to learn an instrument or at
least come to see classical music as an art form for all,
for a lifetime's enjoyment. Ken Aiso returns to Ross with
pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips on Wednesday 16th August
at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church, when he will again be playing
the Kreutzer Sonata, together with works by Brahms and Enescu.
Parents are invited to bring up to three children to sit
in the gallery at a cost of £5 with children under 17 free
of charge. Stalls tickets are £15 each, all obtainable from
The County Collection, 1 Market Place or the Tourist Information
Centre, Swan House, telephone 01989 562768 or at the door
on the night. The workshop and outreach programme is funded
by Awards for All and the principal sponsor of Ross Live!
is Ross Labels Factory Shop.
Live! Outreach Programme at Ashfield Park School.
Student of the Year
ALPS (Alternative Pathways Learning to Success) is an innovative
project introduced across the whole of Herefordshire to
allow a number of students to undertake extended work experience
with an individualized school curriculum programme. A relatively
large number of students, mainly in Year 11, have worked
in conjunction with their local school the Robert Owen Learning
Academy, Learning Skills Council, Herefordshire Council
and a number of local employers.
Neville, a Year 11 student at John Kyrle High School, was
chosen by two independent judges to receive the ALPS Student
of the Year Award. This is based upon his excellent work
experience and liaison with school. Jason has also been
offered a full-time job with Bowens Garage at Ross-on-Wye
which further confirms the success of this programme.
picture shows Jason receiving his award with members of
the school, ALPS co-ordinators and a representative from
Pictured with Mike Donoghue (Head of P.E.), Nigel Griffiths
(Headteacher) and Carlos Felices (Castle Lodge) are the
John Kyrle High School Tennis Finalists. All boys had played
and won 4 games to reach the finals which were held on Tuesday
11th July. In the Year 7 Final Jacob Jones beat Danny Robinson
6-1, 6-2. In the Year 8 Final Tom Dryden beat Laurence Minton
4-6,6-4,6-4 and in the Year 9 Final Greg Wills beat Dan
Moran 6-2,6-4.All finals were keenly contested and for all
the winners their games were certainly the most difficult
they had had throughout the whole competition.
Hospital Parking - It's A Disgrace!
past two weeks I have had to spend a lot of time visiting
Hereford Hospital. Where possible, I was buying the £4.00
twenty four hour parking tickets but on shorter visits,
either the £1.50 three hour or the £2.00 four
the end of last week, I noticed that there was some work
going on, installing barriers but did not pay much attention.
Monday of this week, I went along, to discover a new pay
method. I though nothing much of it at the time and took
a pay as you leave ticket and went to visit my son. I was
there for a total of five hours.
I went to leave, I put my ticket in the machine to pay.
It cost me NINE QUID for FIVE HOURS!!!
do not usually go into politics on this web site but here,
I make an exception. Is this just another stealth tax inflicted
by this useless, incompetent government or is it Hereford
Council being greedy? I have no idea but in future, I shall
be dropping Matt off and finding somewhere else to park!
far, this past two weeks, I estimate that I have paid over
£30 in parking fees alone, taking my son for treatment
and visiting him during recovery. I would think that it
is now pretty much impossible for the average Herefordshire
person to afford to be ill!
mind though: at least you get a free doughnut if you pay
£1.19 for a cup of tea in the canteen and watching
TV only costs the patent from £2.50 per day!
Following a request from Richard Mayo last week to help
identify the John Hill trader's token coin he had found
with his metal detector, and for information on when John
Hill walked the streets of Ross. Thank you to Jim Rourke,
who pointed out that John Hill was the founder of the first
brewery in Ross, in 1824, later to become Alton Court Brewery.
sides of the Ross Trader's Token found by Richard.
for Ross Carnival Week
Week in Ross-on-Wye this year runs from Saturday 29th July
to Saturday 5th August. There are plenty of events planned
for all ages and abilities - at least one every day of the
week - full details of which are in the Carnival Brochure
available at the Heritage Centre, the Library and the Tourist
Annual Odd Object Competition starts at 9am on the 29th
and runs until noon on the 4th. Once again there are so
many shops taking part there will be two competition walks.
Both sheets are available from the Heritage Centre, the
Library and the Tourist Office. Entries must be returned
to the Heritage Centre for marking and the results will
be announced on Carnival Day on the Riverside.
usual Coffee Mornings for local charity will be taking place
at the Market Place during the week, running from 9am to
midday. Monday will be supporting the Air Ambulance, Tuesday
the Ross Pre-school Playgroup and Wednesday St Michael's
Hospice. As well as coffee there will stalls with bric-a-brac
and other items for sale. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
will be Market Days.
29th July sees a new venture - a Family Fun Day at the Sports
Centre in Wilton Road. There will be events and competitions
for all the family starting at 12noon.
Night will be at the Hope and Anchor at 7.30pm on Sunday
30th July and Prize Bingo at the Prince of Wales on Wednesday
2nd August at 7.30pm. Both of these events have become very
popular over the years so make sure you get there in plenty
Heritage Centre is supporting two new events for this year.
On Tuesday 2nd August there will be a workshop to make Carnival
Masks. Open to all ages this will be a free drop-in activity
between 11am and 3pm. Children will have to be accompanied
but this will be a good opportunity to make a Clown Mask
to wear on Carnival Day. The second venture is a Historic
Guided Walk around the town. This will start from the Heritage
Centre at 2pm. There is no need to book but numbers will
be restricted so it is best to turn up early. The cost will
be £2 per person. Children under 11 will need to be accompanied
but they can take part for free. Wear suitable footwear,
bring appropriate clothing for the weather and make sure
you have a drink with you. The walk will last approximately
two and a half hours.
week culminates on Saturday 5th August with Carnival Day.
The Carnival Princess, Walkers and Floats will assemble
at the Ashburton Estate ready to tour the town from 1pm.
The route will take in Cantilupe Road, Gloucester Road,
Broad Street, Millpond Street, Cantilupe Road, Gloucester
Road, High Street, Wilton Road and Wye Street. The procession
will be led by the Police, the Town Crier and the Princess
with all other entrants joining in behind, including bands
and the ever popular Belly Dancers from Newport, making
another return visit to the town. Events at the Riverside
will start at 11am, culminating in the Duck Race at approximately
4pm. There will be stalls and events for all ages with food
and drinks available all day. A truly splendid week of events
for the town - will plenty of local people taking part.
Sports Day at Gorsley Goffs - Philippa Victor-Trott, Isobel
Wood, Brydie Stevenson, Zoe Westley, Catherine Powell,
Gorsley Goffs End of Term Play, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Katie Donaldson, Jack Winfer, Nina Scholey and Jenny Probyn,
(3) JKHS Y 9 Graduation: Amy Fountain, Georgia Watling,
Mark Lancaster,James Carter, Nick Wardale, Chris Elias.
Year 9 students at John Kyrle have 'graduated' from key
stage 3. Staff, parents, students, governors and friends
of the school joined together to say a big well done in
a ceremony during the afternoon of 12th July. The students
have just secured the best SATs results in the history
of the school. This and other successes were celebrated;
every student was presented with their results and many
students also received special merit certificates and
prizes. Student David Skyrme was given a special prize
to congratulate him on three years in school without one
day missed. Special guest was sportsman Jimmy Carter who
spoke about overcoming adversity in order to succeed.
(4) All relay teams at JKHS Sports Day. I did take quite
a few photos here but have not had the time to process
them. I will make them available next week, all being
Recently retired - Bob Channon, with surveillance helicopter.
Whitchurch Carnival: Harriet Walby, Lucy O'Nions, Ellie
Knight, Jack Robins, Olivia Jackso, Amy Wright, Megan
Neville, Keiran Simons, Charlotte Morris. Joyce Thomas
MBE DL, Ann Pritchard, head of Whitchurch Primary School
and Colin Davies.
St. Joseph's Fete Fancy Dress: Tyler Davies, Ryan Davies,
Liam Davies, Isabella and Gabriel Wetson, Robyn Andrews,
Dewi Wilcox (winner), Rosie Williams (winner) and Darwin
Williams. I did take Ross Town Band at this event and
also somebody sent me some more but again, I have not
had time to process, so will run next week.
Jennie Barter recently graduated from Warwick University
with a BSc(Honours) First Class, in Business Management.
Rachel, who lives in Greytree, attended Brampton Abbotts
Primary School before going to Denmark Road High School
for Girls in Gloucester. She will soon start work for Ernst
Young, a well known International Business company, in Birmingham
in September. The family would like to pass on their thanks
to everyone who helped Rachel especially during the past
six months after she had lost the support of her mother,
Jennie, who sadly died before Christmas..
I got your details via Google and your helpful web-site.
I and a couple of friends are coming down to the Ross area
for a week in early October, our main plan is to fish the
Wye for barbell, chub and pike and we have fished the stretch
previously. However we are coming down a bit later than
we usually do and want to build in a contingency plan should
the weather produce an unfishable river. Could you advise
us on any still waters in the vicinity and provide details
of species and availability of day tickets?
I know about fishing could be written on a postage stamp,
leaving white space, I'm afraid. Wye
Angling will probably be able to help or, if anybody
out there knows the answer, if you email me, I will forward
your mail to John.
Summer of Fun for all at the Heritage Centre
Heritage Centre has something for everyone for this years
summer holidays during July and August, with an interesting
and varied programme of exhibitions and events.
Annual Exhibition of the John Kyrle High School Art Exam
Work is up and running. "Structures" gives a very wide showing
of work by both the GCSE and A Level students and will run
until 14th August. Well worth a visit, the great talent
of some of the local young people needs to be seen to be
18th to 30th August talent of a different scale can be seen.
The Botanical Illustrators will be exhibiting the work from
their weekly classes. This is the first time the group will
have exhibited in such a way and it is worthwhile visiting
the Heritage Centre to see what they have to offer. Mary
Brewin, the tutor is always looking for new people to join
her group and this will be an ideal time to consider enrolling.
Carnival week, 29th July to 5th August, there will be a
small exhibition of the photographs of Carnivals Past.
members of the community are not forgotten. Each week during
the summer there will be an event they can join in with
their families and friends.
Wednesday 26th July "Buzzy Bee Books" is an activity for
all running from 10am to 12.30pm. Participants will be able
to make their own storybook.
celebrate Carnival Week, young visitors will be able to
make Clown Masks on Tuesday 1st August between 11am and
3pm. These would be ideal to wear on Carnival Day.
Guided Walk is the order of the day on Thursday 3rd August.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the two and a half hour
visit to some of the more historic sites in Ross need to
assemble at the Heritage Centre promptly by 2pm. The qualified
member of the Heritage Staff conducting this walk will be
charging £2 per person towards Carnival Funds. Anyone can
join in but those aged 11 years and under must be accompanied,
but will be free of charge.
Wednesday 9th August, visitors will be able to "Make Musical
Instruments" from junk materials from 10am to 12.30pm
will be seen flying around the Heritage Centre on Tuesday
22nd August between 11am and 3pm. There will be a contrast
with "Bizarre Bugs and Fantastic Flowers" on Wednesday 30th
August from 10am to 12.30pm. Visitors will be able to make
their own wildlife to take home.
Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, the Mobile Museum on the
Move will be making its first visit to the Market House
this year. It will be open from 10am to 5pm with its new
exhibition "Its Good To Talk".
Sunday 22nd August the Heritage Centre Staff will be joining
forces with Ross-in-Bloom to support Ross Pre-School Playgroup.
A Family Treasure Hunt is being arranged to help with playgroup
funds. Full details will be published nearer the time with
posters on display throughout the town. The event will start
at 2pm and there will be something for all ages to take
the above events are free to take part in, except for the
guided walk and treasure hunt. There is no need to book
- participants can just drop-in. Children must be accompanied
at all times. There is access for all with a lift for those
who cannot manage the stairs. For more details on any activities
at Ross Market House Heritage Centre on (01432) 260675 between
the opening hours 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, 10.30am
to 4pm on Sundays. The centre is closed for lunch between
1pm and 1.30pm daily, if there is no relief staff available.
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 10th July 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
Tickets to the August Bank Holiday 'Summer Spectacular'
year, a 'Summer Spectacular' will be taking place on the
Rope Walk site which previously hosted Ross International
details of which can be found by clicking here.)
News has tickets to each of the three 'Summer Spectacular'
concerts, which would normally cost £35 per pair to
give away. Six readers will win a pair of tickets to one
of the shows. If you and a partner would like a chance to
go to one of the concerts for free, all you need do is email
the answers to the following questions. Entrants to this
competition must be aged 18 years or over. All
of the answers can be easily looked up in back
issues of Wyenot News.
type of mammals were photographed swimming in the River
Wye at Wilton earlier this year:
hump back whales?
is the surname of June and Rex, the couple who monitor Ross-on-Wye
c: Peregrine Falcon?
presenter, Chris Tarrant recently visited the White Lion
Inn and Broome Farm. What is the first name of his wife:
famous historical character who died 201 years ago once
Ludwig Van Beethoven?
b: King Cnut?
c: Admiral Lord Nelson?
click here to email your answers. (Wyenot
News is absolutely 100% against spam, so neither your email
or postal address will not be harvested, passed on or added
to any mailing lists.) A draw from entries received
will take place at The White Lion Inn on Saturday, July
29th at 5:30 pm and a list of winners will be published
in the following week's Wyenot News. Please state your
name and postal address (where you want the tickets sent),
along with your first and second choice of concert.
Winning tickets are subject to availability. First names
drawn will have the first choice of concert.
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for any cancellation or postponement of concerts. Wyenot
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Those wishing to purchase tickets should contact the organizers
of the events at www.summersoundsspectacular.com.
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