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No. 113 - 20th September 2006
- Masons Help Acorns - Picking Up Litter - Llangrove and Whitchurch
[Thank You Dr. Hartshorn - Goodrich on Teachers' TV - Poetry - Resonant
Frequency - Backney - Rugby - Visitors - Weather]
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Hartshorn Retirement 'Thank You'
A special 'Thank You' presentation took place at the Town
Council Chambers on Monday, 18th September to mark the retirement
of Dr. Clive Hartshorn. The Mayor of Ross-on-Wye, Councillor
Phil Cutter presented a cheque for £900.00 to Dr.
Hartshorn on behalf of patients at Alton Street Surgery.
Dr. Hartshorn had completed over thirty years as a local
High School teachers, Paul Deneen and Gwynneth Gill had
co-ordinated the collection and presentation and they paid
tribute to Dr. Hartshorn's professionalism, dedication,
commitment and kindness and wished him well for his retirement.
They also took the opportunity of thanking everyone who
had made a contribution towards the collection and to the
Nationwide Building Society staff for their help and assistance.
the photo, at Monday's cheque presentation are John Greer,
Roz Hartshorn, Gwyneth Gill, Phil Cutter, Dr. Clive Hartshorn,
Sheila Russell. Celia Glover, Sylvia Greer and Paul Deneen.
Primary School on TV
Staff and pupils of Goodrich Primary School were filmed
on Tuesday, 12th September by 'Teacher's TV', which is available
to view on the Freeview channels and also on-line. The film
being made is about healthy school lunches, for which Goodrich
Primary is renowned. Pictured below are Teacher's TV Sound
engineer, Oliver Rotchell, Cameraman, Chris Polding filming
Emily Watson, James Greene, Nichola Burns and Nellie Owens.
pictured below are Jessica Brain-Smith, Scott Brooks-Thornett
and Rachel Chaimberlain by a new bridge over the school's
eco-pond, which was built by parents during the school's
at Ross Library
Lovers of lyrics, odes and sonnets met at Ross Library on
Thursday, 14th September for an evening with the lively
and exciting poet, John Siddeque.
John brought insight, humour and emotion to his exploration
of different ways of looking at poetry. His infectious love
and knowledge of poetry of all kinds helped the large Ross
audience to decide what to read next and he also revealed
some of his own favourite poems.
have generally been taught with the wrong approach to poetry.
They believe they are not clever enough to read it,' said
John. 'Poets could help broaden poetry's appeal by concentrating
on making their work clearer, not clever. I like telling
the truth about things.'
the photo below, John can be seen on Thursday with librarian
Anne-Marie Dossett (left) and Brenda Read-Brown who is Herefordshire's
Reader and Literature Development Officer.
Frequency by Ian Pauley
A room, institutional and unforgiving. The walls are painted
in two-tone pallid colours. Not the sort of place you would
want to visit voluntarily. There is, however, something
not quite right as everything is just a little distorted.
The room contains a table and two chairs. Into this room
are brought three people.
the first act we meet Mother and hear her story and how
she came to be in the ice cream parlour at the end of the
pier. She has no idea where she is or why she is there.
In the second act we meet Toni Vittorio the Italian owner
of the ice cream parlour at the end of the pier. As with
Mother, Toni can only guess where he is. In the last act
we meet Boffin. Boffin knows exactly where he is and why
he is there. He has designed a machine... a special machine.
the three are a series of Hosts. It goes without saying
that each character has a special story to tell. The qualities
that underpin this play are the sense of mystery and maintenance
of tension, which last right up to the last line of dialogue.
Frequency will be performed at the Phoenix Theatre nightly
from Saturday 30th September to Saturday 7th October inclusive.
Tickets cost £6.00 and are available from the Phoenix
Theatre Box Office or Ross Heritage Centre. For further
info, please call 01989 564570 (10:30 - 12:30) or 01432
260675 (10:30 - 16:30).
Backney Memorial Story by Nigel Heins
Following the information supplied by Nigel Heins of the
Hereford Times, which was published in the 23 August edition
of Wyenot News in response to a letter from Phil Wheeldon,
I am pleased to say that Nigel has now been able to send
a higher resolution copy of his article, which appeared
in the Hereford Times on 5th August 2004 about the sad story
of Harry St. Hellier Evans, who died whilst saving his son.
Phil Wheeldon asked for information on the lone memorial
cross at Backney and Nigel's article covers the story in
you to both Nigel Heins and to the Hereford Times for allowing
reproduction on Wyenot News and for going to the trouble
of sorting out a higher resolution copy. Due to a difference
in our computer software, I have still had to print the
article and scan again, so reproduction quality here is
still not as good as the original sent in but it is now
RFC Seconds or an advertisement for Sheila's Wheels?
When Old Cryptonians turned up at Ross Sports Centre on
Saturday afternoon and saw fifteen Rugby Players warming
up in bright pink shirts they must have thought someone
was having a laugh. However, the new look Ross Rugby Seconds,
as pretty as they looked meant business and went on to win
20 points to ten.
. . .
Ross Rugby Club 2nd XV Vs Old Cryptonians - Saturday,
16th September 2006.
Ross Captain, Slim Sadler gathered the boys together on
Saturday and gave them some encouraging words which inspired
them to a great performance. The game started slowly, with
basic errors on both sides but you could tell from the start
Ross forwards were going to dominate. With Paul Phipps and
David Cook propping and Andrew Lovering hooking, backed
up by Slim and Neil Ward, Paul Haywood and James Windridge
flanking with Richard Russell at No 8 they were putting
in some awesome scrummages, which allowed the backs to run
at the Old Crypts time after time.
first Try for Ross was a brilliant solo effort. South African
Baz Parker picked up in his own 22 and ran the full length
of the pitch, riding three tackles on the way to score.
The ever-reliable boot of Owen James converted to make it
afterwards, the Ross backs were caught napping and were
punished when Old Crypts took a quick penalty using the
scissor move and went over the Ross line to score. They
missed the conversion. Ross forwards were soon back on the
trail however, with some dogged performances from Haywood,
Ward and Russell. With a mighty push forward Ross forced
the Old Crypts to make mistakes and were awarded a penalty
for their efforts. This was successfully converted with
a beautifully struck effort from James to make the half
time score 10 -5.
second half was again dominated by Ross but Ross could have
scored a lot more freely than they did due to fundamental
errors. Against the run of play Old Crypts somehow managed
to get over the Ross try line to level the score 10 - 10
but again they missed the conversion. From then on Ross
didn't look back, spending a lot of time in the oppositions
half. Any chance Old Crypts had of breaking through the
Ross defence was broken with some big tackles from Matt
Taylor and Marcus Russell.
injury to Paul Heywood saw the introduction of the awesome
Donkey Davies and his presence alone lifted the confidence
of the team. It was his breakaway that set Baz Parker up
to score in the corner for his second try of the game. With
Ross now in full flow, with good driving forwards play and
some excellent handling from the Ross Backs, it was no surprise
when Ross scored another try. Donkey broke through again
to set up Baz Parker, who scored his hat trick, making it
20 points to 10.
special mention must be made of Andrew Lovering playing
his first game in four years and young Sam Griffiths at
scrum half, who unfortunately for Ross is leaving to go
to University. All in all it was a great team effort with
man of the match going to the South African Baz Parker for
his hat trick of tries.
Rugby Club would like to thank Jo at the Drop In for the
kind donation of their beautiful pink shirts. Just remember
folks Pink Rules OK!
1st Team - Cainscross 7 Ross-on-Wye 40
The phrase 'a game of two halves' must have been coined
with the Ross / Cainscross encounter in mind. During a whirlwind
first half on Saturday, Ross blew Cainscross away with a
great example of fast well executed rugby and by half time
this Junior Vase Cup match was over as a contest. Cainscross
rallied in the second half, however Ross were comfortable
40-7 winners at the final whistle.
were ahead within two minutes of the kick off. The ball
was turned over in midfield and was quickly moved to the
right where Alistair Rees cut inside the Cainscross defence
to score. Chris Gage converted and Ross were 7-0 up. Ross
were certainly quicker in thought and deed, winning quick
ball and constantly probing the Cainscross defence. On the
rare occasions that Cainscross had the ball, the Ross blue
and white defensive wall was quickly up to snuff out any
thoughts Cainscross had of attacking.
second score came on the quarter hour mark. Again quick
ruck ball had sucked in the Cainscross defence and created
space out wide where Gavin Oates took the scoring pass,
taking Ross 12-0 to the good. With Ross in total control
the only way Cainscross could stem the tide was through
infringing and Chris Gage punished them three times during
the half taking Ross 21-0 ahead after twenty minutes. The
second quarter went the way of the first, the Ross forwards
were now in complete control and with Andy Hunt delivering
quick quality ball to Chay Brine, the tries continued to
come. First Craig Creed went over on the left closely following
by a Chris Gage try then as the half came to a close Huw
Bellamy concluded a point a minute, taking Ross 40-0 up
at half time.
such a lead Ross took the foot off the pedal in the second
half as Cainscross tried to salvage something from the game.
However the Ross defence was breached only once and Ross
ran out comfortable winners 40-7.
return to league action next Saturday, playing away at Westbury-on-Severn
with a 3pm kick off.
you lost this dog?
This dog was seen wandering in Hill Street at around 1.45
PM on Sunday, 17th September and later in Broad Street.
It was seen walking past the finders' (Sean and Rachel)
house in Kyrle Street several times later in the afternoon
and it also took a wander through the Red Meadow Car Park.
it passed Sean and Rachel's house for the fourth time Rachel
managed to entice it in with some ham and reported the find
to the Police who suggested taking it to the station in
Ross, where they have kennels.
from being ravenous, he seemed quite healthy and very friendly,'
said Sean. 'We had a few games with the dog before feeding
and watering him and taking him to the Police station.'
dog is male, appears to be a Beagle cross, and had the number
'17' tattooed in it's right ear, and the word 'RHOS' in
it's left ear.
of today, Tuesday at 8:50 pm, the dog is in kennels but
has not been claimed, so if you are looking for your lost
dog, please contact the local dog warden.
Visitor Figures August 2006
for wyenot.com during August 2006
I'm late again publishing last month's visitor figures.
Sorry about that but it is difficult keeping up with everything
at the moment.
the average day in August, 1,119 people viewed 4,963 pages
of Wyenot.com. The most visited pages were the 'Home' page,
followed as expected during the tourist season by 'Accommodation',
followed by 'Wyenot News'.
was another very busy month due to people seeking accommodation
but I am expecting this type of visitor to drop off for
the next few months. As always during the autumn and winter
months, visitors to the web site looking for holiday information
fall, leaving the regular readers of the weekly news to
clock the figures up.
that the server log does not show:
Due to lack of time, I don't get much inclination to cook
for myself and during August, I ate at the Cantilupe Cafe
21 times; at Morrisons a further 6 times and I have kept
the Maltesers factory in business! They may need to make
redundancies during the October as local news declines during
this period. I also ate one Kebab and one Singapore Chow
Mein from various takeaway establishments. Not forgetting
one beautiful Sunday lunch with Joyce - for which I am extremely
grateful, one meal out on Russell's 21st birthday, several
lots of sandwiches from the WRVS shop at Cheltenham General
Hospital and a few buffet lunches whilst photographing events.
I did cook some toast on one occasion (I was dining with
Tina at the time)!
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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, 11th September 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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