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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 133 - 7th February 2007
Way - For the Over 16s - Literacy at Ashfield - Jazz at the RNC - Create
a Wildlife Walk - Tribute to Joanne]
[Zebras at The Barrel - Visitor Figures]
[WNTV: Nature Watch - Spring Has Sprung - Special Exhibition - In
Retrospect - Rugby - Weather Station]
Town Council Public Notices]
[Herefordshire Police Matters]
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Nature Watch - Wilton Wildlife
the past two weeks, Tina and I have been sleeping at the
Lion at Wilton as Tina has been running the Inn
whilst Jacqui and Dave have been on Holiday. Whilst there,
I have taken the cameras outside during the early morning
before heading home to carry on with business as usual,
with the intention of filming kingfishers and other wildlife
on the river.
a few days, I managed to get a few clips on film and have
edited them together to make a short 'Wilton Wildlife' video
here to watch. (30 Mb, so if your broadband is
not that quick, it might be better to right click and download.)
is probably not the most exciting nature film ever but it
does give an idea of what can be seen on the River Wye at
Wilton. As far as kingfishers go, it is probably the most
unsuccessful kingfisher film in the world. There is a short
clip near the beginning of the film. I have seen lots of
them but catching them on the slow to react video camera
I have is much more difficult than catching still images.
The JVC camera is nowhere near as fast to react as the Nikon
was hoping I might catch some otters but have not seen any
around for the past few weeks, probably due to fast flowing
and high water levels on the River Wye. River levels are
returning to normal now though, so I am hoping that they
will return soon.
. . .
weather this week has been weird! Several days have been
just like spring, rather than January weather but on Saturday
we woke up to freezing fog. The photographs below - one
each side of Wilton Bridge - were taken within a couple
of days of each other. Sunday was beautiful again. I sat
outside with a mug of tea and the camera and it was almost
tee shirt and shorts weather again. I will continue to try
and catch a kingfisher for next week's Wyenot News.
at the pub has been nice - it's a difficult job but I guess
somebody has to do it. I must admit though that I am looking
forward to sleeping in our own bed on Monday night. Sleeping
in an inn while Tina is working is not quite the same thing
as being in bed and breakfast whilst on holiday. (Janet
and Sue do cook a great breakfast though!) I have felt quite
lonely coming home to go to get on with work by myself.
We have only actually seen one another in bed and on Saturdays
for the past two weeks and it's getting to the stage where
I am beginning to talk to myself - and answer back.
has generally been a very quiet news week, photographically
but I hope you enjoy the short nature film. Filming and
photographing wildlife is the type of photography I really
enjoy. Taking the people photos can be nice at times but,
despite the way I might come across, I always feel extremely
self conscious and uncomfortable when photographing events.
Much as I would like to be, I am not very good at making
conversation with people. With nature photography, I can
just relax and be myself.
Spring Has Sprung
you to Dennis Morgan for sending in this photo of a Red
Admiral butterfly which he took on 31st January - I am guessing
- in Greytree as that is where Dennis lives.
spring has certainly sprung early this year but I am writing
this on Monday and I believe it is going to be -5 tonight,
so I don't fancy its chances of survival, if it lived through
Very Special Exhibition
at Ross Heritage Centre will be celebrating 10 years since
opening their doors to the public on 14th April this year
and to celebrate this, along with the 50th anniversary of
the Queens Visit to Ross Market House on 24th April, they
will be holding a very special exhibition. This
will consist of reprises of some of the best exhibitions
held during the past 10 years.
to there having been nearly 100 exhibitions since the Centre's
opening, it will be impossible to include examples from
all of them. Therefore displays from a few of the more popular
exhibitions will be shown.
celebratory tea party will also be held for invited guests
during the week of celebrations. This will include representatives
of exhibitors, supporters and sponsors, as well as members
of Heritage Services in Herefordshire Council.
to this Mary Powell of the Heritage Centre is asking readers
for suggestions of past exhibitions they would like to see
again (albeit in a smaller version).
you have a suggestion, Mary is asking you to put it in writing
with your name, address and contact telephone number. The
names of those who make the suggestions will then be put
in a hat and the name drawn out will be invited to represent
the thousands of visitors the Centre has seen during the
clearly marked "Anniversary Exhibition", can be left at
the Heritage Centre during opening hours. The exhibition
starts in mid March, so suggestions will have to be in by
21st February at the latest.
looks forward to seeing everyone during the exhibition.
Full details of which will appear later in Wyenot News,
in the local printed press and on posters.
retrospect . . .
priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as
chaplains in Canada. They would get together two or three
times a week for coffee and to talk shop. One day, someone
made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all
that hard. That a real challenge would be to preach to a
thing led to another and they decided on an experiment.
They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach
to it, and attempt to convert it. Seven
days later, they were all together to discuss the experience.
Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and
has various bandages, spoke first. 'Well,' he said, 'I went
into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I
began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear
wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around.
So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy
Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop
is coming out next week to give him first communion and
Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm
and both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire
and brimstone oratory he claimed, 'Well brothers, you know
that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I found me
a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's
Holy Word! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me.
So I took hold of him and we began to wrestle. We
wrestled down one hill, up another and down another until
we came to a creek. So I quickly dunked him and baptized
his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle
as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus.'
both looked down at the Rabbi, who was lying in a hospital
bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors
running in and out of him. He was in bad shape. The rabbi
looked up and said, 'Looking back on it, circumcision may
not have been the best way to start.'
Ross 2nds v. Hereford 3rds
2nds entertained Hereford 3rds at John Kyrle High School
on Saturday, with a thrilling 21 points to 19 victory. Tries
came from John Spery, Andy Bevan and Pete Smith, while
Matt Taylor continued his 100 per cent record with the boot.
was a good mix of youth and experience, which culminated
in a good victory for Ross. Again, Dave Mince and Matt Taylor
gave an all round solid performance, with Matt Taylor, Craig
Powell and Andy Bevan playing pivotal roles.
was a difficult decision for the Gwalia man of the match
award, but eventually this went to John Spery for his tireless
work around the fringes and a well deserved try.
would like to thank the John Kyrle High School for the use
of their facilities.
2nds' next game is away to Drybrook 3rds on Saturday, 10th
Ross-on-Wye 26 Cotham Park 3
a hard fought win over table topping Kingswood last week,
Ross were straight back into league action at home to Cotham
Park from Bristol. At the reverse fixture earlier in the
season, Ross had defeated Cotham Park 27-0. However, after
a moral lifting victory over Tetbury the week previous,
Cotham travelled to Ross with an amount of optimism.
a heavy pitch the game was scrappy from the off and Ross
worked hard to get some continuity into their game. However,
there were too many unforced errors early on and as a result
Ross were unable to dominate possession and territory. When
Cotham did get the ball they looked dangerous, obviously
buoyed by the win over Tetbury the previous week. As the
1st quarter came to a close, however, Ross did get on the
some good work by forwards Wayne Williams and Tara Barnett,
Simon Gwynne set his backs moving. Quick hands set Hugh
Bellamy through a gap and he had enough pace to beat the
fullback to score, giving Ross a 5-0 lead. From the kick
off however, Cotham Park hit straight back. After securing
possession in the Ross twenty two, the Ross back line were
caught offside,Cotham converted the penalty and they had
reduced Ross's lead to 5-3. The remainder of the half belonged
to Ross. As their forward pack began to exert their dominance,
this enabled better quality ball for their back line and
within 5 minutes Ross increased their lead. First Tim Hanks,
then Matt Redman drove hard into the Cotham forwards. Simon
Gwynne moved the ball quickly left and Chay Brine fed Alistair
Rees who popped a pass to Chris Gage. After what seemed
an age of juggling, Chris finally gathered control of the
ball and raced in to score. He converted his own try, giving
Ross a 12-3 lead. With the half coming to a close, Ross
added to their lead once again. After some fine driving
play from Ashley Nelms and Nick Rawlings the ball was moved
right to Chay Brine. He looked up to find two props marking
him. Chay accepted the invitation, accelerating between
the two of them, outpacing the cover defence to score under
the posts. Chris Gage converted giving Ross a 19-3 lead
at half time.
failed to kick on in the second half and put Cotham to the
sword. To their credit they did not lay down, but Ross were
unable to increase the tempo enough to see the flood gates
open. They did add another score through Tim Hanks, converted
by Chris Gage, but with Cotham unable to offer a threat
in attack, mainly down to the excellence of the Ross defence,
the game petered out with Ross winning 26-3.
game is against Tetbury at home on Saturday 10th February.
Kick off is at 2.30pm.
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, 29th January 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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