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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 153 - Wednesday, 27th June 2007
current water level situation and last week's rain measurements
a wet week we have had! Still thankfully, the Ross area
was not hit as badly as Sheffield and Hull, where people
have died as a result. My sister, Jan (who some of you know
due to her crystal and mineral business) lives in Stocksbridge
now and her flat has four feet of water above the damp course.
went down to the river this morning, Tuesday, 26th June,
to check levels and although high for June, a flood situation
has not yet arisen on the Wye at Ross. The water usually
takes three days to filter down stream, reaching Ross though,
so my guess is that levels could get higher later today
and on Wednesday.
on Tuesday last - the day of the storm I filmed - we had
1.2 inches of rain (28.8 mm in new money) but on Sunday
we had 2.01 inches (51.1 mm). Brookend Street did flood
again on Sunday evening but only to kerb level. I am guessing
that, as the rain fell over a much longer period, in extremely
heavy but shorter duration showers, other than during the
monsoon during the evening, the drains in town had a better
chance of working.
those interested (and I know from emails I receive that
this chart has a big regular following) the full weather
statistics from Ross Weather Station for last week can be
seen, as per usual, on the last page of 'Wyenot News'.
was already at work elsewhere, filming the Zebras at the
White Lion during Sunday's monsoon rain, so did not go into
town but I did point the camera out into the rain during
the downpour. Luckily, the band played under cover but I've
never seen an audience move so fast for shelter as when
the rains came that night. The video already on this week's
news took me 18 hours to process yesterday, so I have run
out of time to process more film. I will run a clip of heavy
rain to the sound of the Zebras next week, time allowing.
There you go - another chance to hear my favourite local
rock band next week!
River Wye at Ross on Tuesday Morning, 26th June 2007. Ref: DSC_1274
River Wye at Wilton on Tuesday Morning, 26th June 2007. Ref: DSC_1281
River Wye at Ross on Tuesday Morning, 26th June 2007. Ref: DSC_1280
project popular with Ross traders
one hundred local traders so far are taking part in the
Ross-in-Bloom history project by displaying old photographs
taken during the last hundred years in their shop windows.
The photographs depict how Ross used to look and how it
has changed during the last hundred years and businesses
have been asked by Ross-in-Bloom if they would display an
old photograph featuring their particular premises.
project, which has been designed in readiness for the Heart
of England in Bloom judges, is already a big hit with local
residents. One lady told Ross-in-Bloom Chairman, Margaret
Lucas that she had just seen her grandfather in one of the
photographs and was going around the town to look at the
rest of the displays.
project has been made possible by a grant from the Ross
Area Community Pride Scheme, which is funded by Advantage
West Midlands Market Town Initiative to help cover the cost
of the photocopying and laminating involved.
Margaret said: 'All the shops and business in Ross town
centre have been visited in the past few weeks to ask them
if they would like to take part. Local historians and collectors
have donated copies of their old photographs and adverts
which have been copied and laminated, then distributed around
the town. At the moment nearly 100 premises are taking part,
which is a wonderful response. We are hoping when we have
finished that every premises will be displaying at least
one copy to show local people and visitors a like what the
town looked like during the previous 100 years.'
Margaret has been overwhelmed by the response to this project.
Almost daily people are delivering items which can possibly
be used. A second set of everything will be made eventually
to keep in the Heritage Centre as a resource for those searching
their family roots. These will be laminated along with a
photo of the premises in 2007 to show history past, present
the summer holidays there will be information available
for children and families about the project and they will
be able to follow trails around the town, make up their
own quizzes and generally learn about their history. All
schools will be sent this information together with other
young peoples groups.
year we host the visit by the Heart of England in Bloom
judges', said Margaret. 'In 2005 we won gold mainly on the
community spirit and involvement in the town. This project
goes a long way towards this goal and I am delighted with
the way the people of this town are pulling together. Thank
anybody else has any material which they could kindly lend
to this project, please contact Margaret at Lucas Motorcycles
or Mary Sinclair-Powell at Ross Heritage Centre.
in the Park' but no audience
Silver Band provided 'Bands in the Park' entertainment at
the bandstand on Sunday. Although I have to admit to brass
band music not being my favourite, I was brought up with
brass bands, having played solo cornet in one myself as
a youngster and my brother, John plays for some of the country's
top brass bands, such as Flowers and Desford, so I know
a good band when I hear one and Lydney were absolutely brilliant
on Sunday! Trouble is, they played to about a dozen people,
who had come to Ross with the band and one elderly
lady sitting by herself in a chair to the side. Nobody else
bothered to turn up.
know the weather was not brilliantly sunny at the time but
I quite often hear people say that 'nothing goes on at the
new band stand'. So. Where were you all? No - not
the White Lion Festival because that was just in the stages
of setting up for the day at the time and there were only
the regulars there.
you look at the article on page seven about an event which
happened in the small village of Goodrich, you will see
a huge difference in turnout. I covered Goodrich Summer
Folly within half an hour of photographing the band and
the weather was exactly the same.
guess the collection, which was for Ross Lions was a failure
on this occasion - unless the band members themselves were
apology to the band. I took what would have been a really
good bit of video footage on Sunday but, due to fatigue
after a very busy weekend, I accidentally deleted it when
setting the camera for the next event. I'll film you again,
if ever you come to Ross again.
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