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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 121 - 15th November 2006
Week - [Remembrance
Sunday - Business of the Week]
Decorative Art - Korean Veterans' Service - Home Start are Asking]
[Endoscopy Unit - French Students - Chelsea Pensioners Remembered -
Funeral of Chris Collins - Christmas Menus]
[The Twilight Zone - Specsavers helping the Third World - Readers' Photos
- Letters - Rugby - Weather Station]
[Wyenot TV] [What's
to Z Site Map] [Property]
the Twilight Zone at the White Lion
know what you're thinking - ghost in pub equals plenty of
publicity. This is not the case when it comes to the White
Lion. The White Lion gets enough of that without added spooks
and is constantly busy as a result of just being a good
and above all, friendly inn.
have heard reports about the historic inn being haunted
for thirty plus years now and was not in the least bit surprised
when I first met Dave and Jacqui, the Landlord and Landlady,
to hear that Jacqui had experienced strange goings on on
several occasions. Although, like Dave, I am probably one
of the world's biggest sceptics when it comes to ghost tales,
I have experienced strange phenomena at the White Lion Inn
is rare that I actually drink anything other than coffee
at the White Lion as I tend to only go there of a Sunday
morning or during the early hours of the morning to collect
Tina from work, so this cannot be put down to spirits from
the top shelf. It was one day a few weeks ago when I had
my own strange experience. Dave and Jacqui were on holiday
and I went to collect Tina from work after closing time
when she told me of two strange occurrences which had happened
to her during the day. One was in the cellar and the other
in the Old Gaol restaurant. In the cellar, she had been
cleaning the pipes. When she went to reconnect the barrels
she discovered that one of them had vanished. A delivery
man helped her to search for the barrel, but it was nowhere
to be found. It turned up later that day in another part
of the room. The other incident occurred in the restaurant.
All the knives and forks had been rearranged haphazardly
on the newly set tables.
she told me, we were the only two people in the building.
'Switch the gaol lights on,' I said. 'I'll go and take a
look.' I went up the steps to the old gaol, looked around
and everything was fine. Two tables which had been dined
at were untidy but the rest were perfectly laid and ready
to be sat at by hungry people. I was about to return to
the bar when Tina came up the stairs after me. 'What about
these?' She said from the top of the stairs. When I looked,
she was pointing to the cutlery on a table at which all
the forks and spoons had been rearranged to form cross shapes.
It was the first table I had examined on entering the room
and it had been ok. This rearrangement had happened whilst
I was in there but I had not heard a thing. Tina had not
rearranged them herself because I actually heard her walk
up the stairs and know that she could not possibly have
had the time. I would have seen her in the room. Besides
which, I would trust Tina with my life when it comes to
cannot explain how it happened, but it definitely did! The
same thing as reported many times before. Time for a paranormal
. . .
having only mentioned the occurrence in passing and more
by way of just making conversation during one of those moments
of awkward silence, a team of Paranormal Investigators visited
the White Lion on Saturday, 4th November for an overnight
They were there as guests of Jacqui's daughter Rhianne and
when I went to meet them, I mistakenly called them Ghost
do not call us ghost hunters in your article,' I was corrected.
'Bad television shows give genuine investigators a bad name.'
absolutely agree with this. That Derek Accora bloke is a
Sam card short of the full mobile phone when it comes to
communicating with the dead, as far as I am concerned. The
team at the White Lion were from 'Wiltshire Paranormal Research'.
Paranormal Research are a non profit research team based
in Wiltshire that Investigates supposed haunted locations
and also concentrates on investigating other areas of phenomenon.
The team has been together for a year now, though most members
have worked together in previous Paranormal groups. They
use a range of equipment to aid investigation and research.
These include Electro Magnetic Frequency devices, Meteorological
equipment and a visual and audio kit consisting of wireless
stand and floor mics for recording EVP and location noise
and wireless IR cameras that also hook up to laptop computers
to record footage.
balance out our Scientific Research with the use of a Spiritualist
Medium and a Sensitive who regularly work with the team
during Investigations and research projects.'
Darren, Daniel, Sam and Jo of Wiltshire Paranormal are pictured
above with Rhianne in the Old Gaol Restaurant.
from Wiltshire Paranormal:
This is just a quick rundown of how the night went etc.
the full report will be up by Friday 07/11/2006 at www.wiltsparanormal.org.
the audio of room 5 has so far been analysed and we have
around 9 instances of unexplained bumps and knocks within
the room recorded. Restaurant recordings are yet to be analysed.
wireless video was set in the restaurant we have around
8 hours of solid recording. So far viewing the footage we
have only picked up typical orb shapes at regular intervals.
Analysis proves these are dust particles.
Objects: We had set trigger objects within the restaurant,
mostly with cutlery as reports from various people suggested
cutlery was often moved within the area. No sign of movement
exists on camera and the triggers remained untouched all
detectors were set around 2 areas of the building 1 in the
bar area and 1 within the back passage downstairs leading
into the kitchen. The detector in the bar area was not set
off. However, 20 minutes into our Investigation, the detector
in the back passageway where large amounts of poltergeist
activity has been reported had been set off. We disarmed
the system and investigated the cause. No explanation could
be found. This also happened again closer to around 3:3:30
Experiences: Most members of the team experienced some form
of clothes pulling or "tugging". This was mostly on the
coat or trousers. This seemed to happen in the cellar and
the restaurant the most. Drops of temperature were frequent
throughout the evening and solid readings were taken in
These have not all been analysed as of yet as there were
over 400 stills taken on the evening. The one picture we
have started analysing and filtering consists of what appears
to be a figure standing to the side of the camera in the
cellar, although until further inspection is carried out
and all other causes ruled out, this photograph will not
be included on the site or in the report until tests have
been finalized. The Next time we visit the White Llion we
have decided to have a "cold" investigation, meaning, we
will set up an audio and visual kit unmonitored and record
throughout the evening without human interference or investigative
techniques taking place. We will use this to compare levels
. . .
Helping The Third World
Ross-on-Wye opticians is urging local people to help others
in less fortunate countries to see better by donating their
old spectacles to Vision Aid Overseas.
staff at Specsavers, which is situated at 13, Gloucester
Road, Ross-on-Wye are asking people to drop their old glasses
into a special drop box in the store. These will then be
forwarded to the charity. VAO
will then take the spectacles out to Africa and will give
them to those whose vision has been tested to asses what
strength glasses they need.
Thomas, who took over the running of the Ross branch of
Specsavers in May of this year is very keen to support this
cause. He said: 'Vision Aid Overseas is an excellent charity
and it is great that we can make such a difference with
support from the people of Ross. We've traditionally had
a steady stream of old specs donated but we want to have
an extra push, so we are urging anybody with old glasses
to make an effort to drop them off to is. Every pair will
help somebody to see better and improve their quality of
is a UK registered charity which is dedicated to helping
people in developing countries whose lives are blighted
by poor eyesight, particularly in cases where glasses can
further information please telephone 01989 564460 or call
into the store.
the photo are Amanda Bevan, Lee Thomas and Samantha Price
at Specsavers, Ross-on-Wye.
Photos: Red Sky at Night
you to Andy Stubbs of Ross for sending in this beautiful
sunset photograph, taken from Greytree, Ross-on-Wye.
Looking for Ted West - Issue 118, 25 October, 2006
generations of former Ross Grammar School pupils will attest,
Ted West was for many years a wonderful and charismatic
English teacher at Ross Grammar. Without doubt, he would
have been consistently thought of as one of the best and
most likeable teachers in the school. He was one of those
'inspirational' teachers who fire one's enthusiasm and help
to put you on the right course in life.
living in Weston Under Penyard for many years during the
middle of his life, he retired to Ross on Wye in approximately
1977 and thereafter filled his life with many interests,
including being the Secretary of the worldwide Kilvert Society
(admirers of the Rev Francis Kilvert a noted cleric at Clyro,
on the River Wye in west Herefordshire during the 1870's).
Ted died in approx 1999/2000. His funeral at St Mary's church
Ross on Wye was attended by generations of past pupils.
had a really genuine interest in every former pupil that
he met out and about. I dare say he corresponded with many.
His recall of detail about individuals was phenomenal, and
if anyone wanted to know what had happened to whom from
RGS, one only had to phone or find Ted West, and in most
cases he would know.
remained a bachelor throughout his life and had all those
wonderful qualities that one thinks of in a gentleman, courteous,
modest, self-effacing and generous. I can't think of a single
pupil from RGS days who hasn't retained fond memories of
a great man.
watched your video of the otters from last week – Brilliant.
Inspirational to know that this is all happening on our
doorstep. Thanks for all you hard work.
you very much for that, Geoff, I am really pleased you enjoyed
it. Photographing and occasionally filming local wildlife,
as well as watching nature in general is the part of maintaining
Wyenot News that I enjoy above every other aspect!
The two and a half hours I spent catching those brief glimpses
of otters on film were an oasis of peace and tranquility
amid an otherwise stress filled week.
you missed the short otter film it
can be seen here, in last week's edition of Wyenot
Pike, Forest of Dean by Mike Arnison LRPS
on Wye 42 Malvern XV 0
took a break from league action on Saturday and welcomed
a competitive Malvern side who were one of the few teams
to defeat Ross last season. This brought an added spice
to this friendly encounter, with Ross looking to continue
their winning ways prior to next weeks league encounter
took an opportunity to try some new combinations in the
pack and at half back. This did not seem to bother them
as they were out of the blocks much quicker than Malvern.
For the first quarter of the game Ross were quicker in both
thought and deed. With Kevan Healy and Matt Jones making
inroads into the Malvern defence, Ross dominated territory
and possession and from an attacking lineout Ross opened
the scoring. Nick Rawlings found his jumper, the Ross pack
quickly set a driving maul, to which Malvern had no answer
and Richard Russell crashed over to score. Chris Gage added
the conversion and Ross were 7-0 ahead.
the continued domination of territory, the second score
was not long in coming. After a strong tackle midfield by
Matt Redman, Simon Gwynne turned over possession. Debutant
Tom Gainsford moved the ball quickly to the right where
Chay Brine found Andrew Lovering in space, who ran in from
20 metres. Chris Gage again added the two points and Ross
were 14-0 up. It looked as if the floodgates were about
to open, however Ross began to get ragged in their execution
and began to turn over ball. This led to the game becoming
a stop start affair which was only rescued by a Matt Redman's
try late in the half which gave Ross a 21-0 lead at halftime.
The second half mirrored the first, with Malvern finding
it difficult to get their hands on the ball. Ross continued
to move the ball wide with Adam Clements and Dan Weston
looking dangerous but they could not find that killer pass.
With the Ross pack continuing to exhert control it was fitting
that it was a forward who delivered the next score. Once
again Nick Rawlings found his jumper and from the ensuing
driving maul it was Tony Clements who controlled the ball
at the back to score. Chris Gage converted moving Ross 28-0
ahead. Gavin Oates and TC Leach replaced Simon Gwynne and
Andy Lovering but this did not dent the Ross packs domination
and after some strong srummaging in the Malvern twenty two,
Richard Russell added to his first half score putting Ross
35-0 up. Malvern were out on their feet by now,and gaps
began to appear. Huw Bellamy put Baz Parker clear and although
he was hauled down twenty yards out, Ross set up a series
of rucks which saw Nick Rawlings add the final score, giving
Ross a comfortable 42-0 victory.
Saturday Ross are back in league action, travelling to Cotham
Park Bristol. Kick-off is at 2.30.
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, 6th November 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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