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No. 108 - 16th August 2006
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Song For Spencer
Local musician, Paul James has written and recorded a song
for his nephew, Steven James Lee, known as 'Spencer'. Spencer
died tragically in the Intensive Care Unit at Gloucester
Royal Hospital following a road traffic accident on the
A48 at Minsterworth on Friday, 14th April this year.
wrote this song shortly after the tragic death of my sister's
second son, Steven Lee who was known as Spencer,' said Paul.
'Originally I wrote and recorded the music privately but
following a request from my sister, Jeanette and from Spencer's
brother, Gary to write a song in memory of Spencer, I confessed
that I had already done so. The
song actually kind of wrote itself, and I think Spencer
would have liked it. The lyrics seem to apply to everybody
who knew him and many family and friends have asked for
and I were of a similar age and grew up together, remaining
close, even in our adult lives. Spencer was like a brother
and best friend rolled into one for me and I miss him every
The Forge Hammer at Lydbrook will be holding a fund raising
day in aid of Gloucester Royal Hospital Intensive Care Department.
They also hope to purchase a bench, with a plaque in memory
of Spencer. The event will take place on Saturday, 19th
August and further details will be published in the 'Forest
sent Wyenot News a copy of the song for publication,
which you can either listen to or download here
(right click the link to download).
James Lee, known as Spencer.
Wild Things Play In Ross
Wild Things Play is coming to Ross-on-Wye again.
not go along, explore nature and create a tool kit ready
for your next wild adventure?
Wild Things Play family activity will be taking place on
Thursday, 17th August between 2:00 and 4:00pm by the riverside.
at the Bandstand, Caroline Simmonds Gardens.
event is free, so why not drop in? Adults can stay and join
in with their child's fun!
further information call Jo Polack 01432 356872.
- Backney Memorial
I have been a Ross resident now of some 25 years and have
been a keen walker for all of this time and more. On my
travels I have come across what appears to be a memorial
on the banks of the River Wye near the old railway crossing
at Sangford / Backney. The inscription on it reads 'Those
that are with him are called and faithful' and in the centre
of the cross, 'H.E. AUGUST 5. 1904.' The cross is surrounded
by iron railings.
the anniversary of the cross has just passed and I have
seen no visitors or tidying of the area, I was wondering
if you had any information about it, or if any of your Wyenot
News readers have?
& thanks for the great work to date.
is an interesting one Phil. I also walk that way quite frequently
and have often wondered the same thing. Below is a photo
of the cross I took back in July 2000 with a rather poor
quality digital camera. I thought I had a more recent photo
and I am sure I have but this was the latest I could find
quickly. Do any Wyenot News readers know the answer?
If so, please write in and I
will publish in a future edition.
memorial cross at Backney.
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