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Issue No. 108 - 16th August 2006
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Paul's 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.

'I 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 a copy.

Spencer 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 day.'

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 Review' newspaper.

Paul 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).

Steven James Lee, known as Spencer.

Where Wild Things Play In Ross

Where Wild Things Play is coming to Ross-on-Wye again.

Why not go along, explore nature and create a tool kit ready for your next wild adventure?

Where Wild Things Play family activity will be taking place on Thursday, 17th August between 2:00 and 4:00pm by the riverside.

Meet at the Bandstand, Caroline Simmonds Gardens.

The event is free, so why not drop in? Adults can stay and join in with their child's fun!

For further information call Jo Polack 01432 356872.

Letters - 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.

As 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?

Regards & thanks for the great work to date.

Phil Wheeldon

That 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.

The memorial cross at Backney.

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