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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 124 - 6th December 2006
Lights of Ross-on-Wye 2006 - Business of the week]
[Quote Me Happy . . . you're 'aving a laugh!] [Switched
on at The Gresleys - Upton Bishop Christmas Fayre]
[Morgans at the Royal - Garden Store Band - Quakers Helping the Homeless
- Christmas Menus]
[Rocking at the Barrel - LOF Coffee - Letters - Cans - Botanical Art
- For Sale - Rugby - Weather]
[Wyenot TV] [What's
to Z Site Map] [Property]
at the Barrel
rock band, the Zebras gave a great performance of rock covers
ranging from the '60s / '70s to recent classic rock songs
to a packed Barrel
Inn on Saturday evening.
I left home to walk to the event on Saturday, I nearly did
not go. Life has been proving difficult just lately, I felt
totally worn out and depressed. Tina had been working 14
hour shifts most of the week so I had been alone and when
I reached half way there, I felt so tired from photographing
various Father Christmases, Christmas blings and I just
felt so generally miserable that I very nearly turned around
and went back home to bed.
am so glad I did not. The evening was brilliant!
Tina said to me later in the evening, When you get to that
stage, when you really don't want to go out any more, that
is when you should.' She was right! The place was packed
with friends from the past and the evening replaced the
November Potters Bar party, which I was unable to hold this
year incidentally as I no longer frequent the venue. Tina
managed to come along after work and well - it was just
a great evening all round.
Zebras are playing again at the Prince
of Wales on Friday, 29th December. Unfortunately
Tina cannot go to that one either as she will be working
but I'm going to go along and indulge myself with a beer
all Potters Bar frequenters and anybody else out there who
wants to come... The Zebras are without any shadow of a
doubt the best rock band for miles around. Let's make the
of Wales gig this year's big Christmas event!
Christmas Takes a Coffee Break at Ross Hospital
coffee morning was held at Ross Community Hospital on Saturday
2nd December. The event was organized by the League of Friends
and there were various stalls selling home-made produce
the photograph below are Michael Winch, Cicely Symmonds,
Jean Jones, Cynthia Griffiths, Jill Ursell, Teddy Beech-Thomas,
Margaret Hewitt and Father Christmas.
just wanted to say how much I enjoy your website. My wife
and I stayed at the Radcliffe Guest House in Autumn 2005
for a few nights and before visiting the area we did some
research on the internet. As a result I came across your
site and have bookmarked it to return to on approximately
a weekly basis. It's
great to see how enthusiastic you are to promote your lovely
live in a town of approximately the same size as Ross, Faversham
in Kent and although the town and various organizations
and media have their own websites, there is nothing to compare
are hoping to return to the Ross area next summer for a
longer break, so keep up the good work.
you for those kind words, Alan. It is nice to know that
it is appreciated. Nick and Sue at Radcliffe
Guest House are nice people and I am sure you will have
a good return trip.
FOR GOOD CAUSES SHOP AT THE HERITAGE CENTRE I have been
back from holiday a few days (having left Mary to hold the
fort) and have seen the piece in Wyenot News about the card
shop - many thanks for all the publicity you have given
us this season, I am sure it has paid off. I hope your son
continues to improve.
problem, Anne. It's a pleasure and for good causes!
was very interested in the pictures of the ghostly appearances
in Goodrich Castle. My family and I visited Goodrich Castle
at Easter of this year. While I was in the dungeon I tried
on four different occasions to try and take a picture. On
each occasion the camera battery went dead. I moved a few
paces up the steps outside and the Camera came to life.
The battery was fully charged that morning and I had only
taken a few pictures before these incidents. The camera
has never done this before or since.
we left the castle I mentioned this top the lady in the
English Heritage booth who informed us of your web site
and the pictures of Ghostly apparitions. She wrote down
the web site and I have only just found this note. I would
be very interested if you have any further information regarding
and other strange incidents in this area.
for sharing your experience, Brynn.
have reproduced the ghostly photo of Goodrich Castle dungeon
below for the benefit of those who have not seen it before
as a few years have passed since I took it. For those who
don't already know, this was one shot of many I took in
the dungeon in February 2003 and is the only one which picked
up the white, misty haze.
have written a couple of 'ghostly?' articles, which can
be read in the back issues of Wyenot News - 'Things that
Go Bump In The Night' and 'Enter the Twilight Zone at the
White Lion'. I do not go out looking for ghostly opportunities.
Indeed I am very sceptical and rarely experience them but
those I have experienced, seem to be gradually convincing
me that there is 'more between Heaven and Earth...'.
enough, something very weird happened to me in the Barrel
Inn, Ross on Saturday evening. It was totally unexpected
and I would be very interested to hear from anybody who
has experienced similar.
had been there for the evening to watch and photograph my
friend, Paul Randell's rock band (some pics are in this
week's news) and at the end of the evening, I went to get
rid of some excess beer before going home, as you do. When
I came out of the loo, I went to walk back into the bar
and the door opened for me before I got there. I went to
say 'thank you' to the person who had opened it for me but
there was nobody there. I walked through the door and it
closed behind me - all by itself. I absolutely swear that
this is true and that I had not drunk too much beer!
day, I went to process the photos I had taken and, for the
first time ever, in seven years of photographing local events,
I was unable to open five photos in the middle of a group
of over 100 photos I took that night. The files were totally
corrupted. This may not be connected in any way with the
door incident but I can think of no other logical explanation.
The image files were so corrupt in fact that they nearly
brought down my entire computer network and security system.
I had the Devil's own job even deleting them.
Bubbly Over Fizzy Drinks Cans
Children from Herefordshire Schools have been getting all
bubbly about fizzy drinks cans for three years now. During
this time many primary school children have become committed
can collectors, competing with each other to see which primary
school could collect the greatest number of drinks cans
in order to help the environment and to win the coveted
Alupro silver trophy.
recycling scheme has been organized by EnviroAbility, a
charitable company that specializes in recycling, based
at the Ryefield, Centre Ross-on-Wye. One of the Directors
of the company, Norman Bricknell said that within six weeks
of the cans being collected they had been sorted, crushed,
sent to Newport, recycled and were back on the shop shelves
again. Norman added that although this scheme had gone well,
this was to be the final year of the competition. The number
of drinks cans being sold on school premises was falling.
This is largely due to the success of a number of healthy
eating schemes, such as Jamie Oliver and his Feed Me Better
School Dinners campaign.
school that collected the highest number of drinks cans
during 2005 & 2006 was Broadlands Primary School in Hereford.
The school will now get to keep the trophy for good. Well
done to all the pupils at Broadlands Primary School and
all of the other children who were involved in the scheme.
exhibition of botanical art is currently being displayed
in Ross Heritage Centre and runs from 5th December until
6th January 2007.
Season of Fruits Christmas exhibition was produced by the
W.E.A, the Workers Educational Association who hold botanical
illustration classes in Ross-on-Wye. The group are all amateur
artists and would welcome new members.
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Ross-on-Wye 12 Dursley 8
you were Christmas shopping you missed a titanic battle
on Saturday, as Dursley travelled to Ross at the top of
the table and were looking to extend their unbeaten record
this season. Both sides threw everything at each other with
commitment, skill and big hits that would not be out of
place on the international stage. After a pulsating eighty
minutes of Rugby Ross emerged victorious and now stand aloft
at the top of the table.
the off you could see that both sides knew what was at stake,
with neither pack of forwards taking a backward step. Ross
were the first to gain a territorial advantage with half
backs Tom Gainsford and Simon Gwynnne looking to send centres
Adam Clements and Huw Bellamy into the Dursley midfield.
As Ross looked for the early breakthrough, the Dursley defence
held firm and it was from turnover ball that Dursley took
the lead. A breakout from their centre led the Ross defence
to infringe and after 10 minutes Dursley took a 3-0 lead.
This advantage seemed to buoy the Dursley attack and through
their outside backs they set about testing the Ross defence.
However, some sound tackling from Alistair Rees, Wayne Bishop
and Chay Brine snuffed out these forays into the Ross twenty
two. The ferocity of the Ross tackling was forcing mistakes
from Dursley and Ross were able to play themselves back
into the game. After establishing a foothold in the Dursley
half Ross scored their opening try of the game. From a defensive
ruck the Dursley fly half looked to clear his lines, but
his kick was charged down by Tom Gainsford and Simon Gwynne.
The ball rebounded over the Dursley line and Tom Gainsford
won the race to score, giving Ross a 5-3 lead which they
held at half time.
half time break seemed to have benefited Ross more than
Dursley as they camped themselves in the Dursley twenty
two. As a group of forwards, they took their turn to carry
the ball deep into the Dursley defence, recycling ball after
ball as they searched for that defensive lapse. However,
Dursley continued to hold firm and in the heavy conditions
mistakes seemed to surface just as it appeared Ross were
bound to score.
the game entered the last 10 minutes the score remained
at 5-3. With all the pressure and territory, Ross had been
unable to add to their lead and the game was in the balance.
After over half an hour of defending, Dursley began to get
some field position and forced a Ross lineout on their 5
yard line. Ross did secure the ball but were only able to
clear to their twenty two. From the ensuing lineout, Dursley
set up a maul and edged closer and closer to the Ross line.
On three occasions a Dursley forward lunged for the line,
looking for that winning score but the Ross pack threw their
bodies in the way. However, with two minutes remaining Dursley
did crash over giving them what seemed to be the winning
score and putting them 8-5 in the lead. Everyone bar the
Ross players thought the game was over. The restart was
over kicked which led to a Dursley scrum. On half way, their
number eight burst away from the scrum but a double tackle
from Richard Russell and Tom Gainsford saw him knock the
ball on. Ross had a scrum but this was the final play of
the game and they were still 60 yards from the Dursley try
line. The scrum was solid. Tom Gainsford moved the ball
right to Simon Gwynne, who fed Adam Clements who dummied
his opposite number and cut through the defence. He was
tackled on the twenty two but was able to offload the ball
to Huw Bellamy. He drew a couple of defenders before offloading
to Chay Brine, who outstripped the Dursley defence to score.
Alistair Rees converted, the ref blew for full time and
the crowd went mad. Durlsey were gobsmacked that Ross had
come back from the dead to win 12-8. The Gwalia man of the
match was the Ross pack who were Tara Barnett, Wayne Williams,
Nick Rawlings, Matt Redman, Matt Jones, Dave Mince, Gavin
Oates, Richard Russell and Mike Davies, who all played themselves
to a standstill.
have a league match next Saturday, 9th December against
Tredworth. Kick off is at 2:30 pm at Ross Sports Ground.
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, 27th November 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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