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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 157 - Wednesday, 25th July 2007
Wyenot News - A Carbon Neutral Company
News has found the perfect solution to solving the problem
of global warming by becoming a 'Carbon Neutral Company'.
Over the years I have personally made quite some 'Carbon
Footprint' by flying the world but have tried to make amends.
For every long haul flight I have ever taken, I don't mow
the lawn for five years. For the shorter European and domestic
flights, I don't trim the hedge for six months.
far, this method of keeping the balance has proved to be
extremely successful. I have managed to get away with doing
anything whatsoever in the garden for the past seven years
without Tina nagging me - and I still have two return trips
to Los Angeles, one return trip to Dhahran plus ten Stuttgart,
fourteen Paris, a day return trip to Dusseldorf, two Brussels
and a few Athens trips to make amends for.
Gods must be smiling down on me with this one. This year,
the resulting natural flora in my lawn came out in the 2007
Ross in Bloom colours of red, white and blue, allowing me
to celebrate 50 years since the visit to Ross-on-Wye of
HM Queen Elizabeth II without lifting a finger.
there a Ross in Bloom Award for the most Carbon Neutral
Garden? They may look like weeds from a distance but close
up - they are beautiful. And they are all hidden away behind
a magnificently tall hedge.
My lawn takes on the Ross in Bloom colours for 2007 of red . . .
. . . white . . .
. . . and blue (ish).
A Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
The party pictured in St. James' Park before arriving at Buckingham
Clerk, Denise Mason and Councillor Phil Cutter, along with
their other halves and Phil's son, Christopher, were invited
by HM Queen Elizabeth II to a garden party at Buckingham
Palace last week, which they all enjoyed very much. On her
return, Denise wrote an account of her experience.
was so well organized, the waiting to get in was a doddle
with policeman making jokes with those queuing. Being a
total Monarchist, I was overwhelmed to be standing in the
Queen’s house and joining her in the garden! Even my other
half felt it was something special.
entered the Palace through the front gate and went through
part of the ground floor (thick carpets, marble statues
and huge paintings and loads of footmen) out to the garden
where there was a huge marquee, where footmen with earpieces
and talking into their arms (very MI5) oversaw the serving
of cakes and sandwiches, ice creams and tea. There
were two bands playing and seats dotted under the trees
and around the tea marquee.
Queen and Prince Phillip’s arrival was announced by one
of the bands playing the National Anthem as she joined everybody
on the lawn. It was impossible to believe you were in the
middle of a very noisy London as it was so tranquil. An
oasis of calm.
we left by the front entrance, tourists were clamouring
to take photos, which felt a bit surreal as they obviously
had no idea what was going on, just a bundle of people leaving
was a thoroughly enjoyable day – not to be missed and probably
never to be repeated.
Wanted by Herefordshire Police!
West Mercia Police Authority is celebrating 40 years of
policing in Herefordshire and it is urging children to come
forward and help with their enquiries! They
are looking for posters to promote aspects of police work
in the communities of Herefordshire and are giving prizes
for the best entries.
you are between 3 and 11 years of age then you too could
become part of the special birthday celebrations taking
place at Leominster police station this Autumn. It is not
just 40 years of local policing which is being celebrated,
but the opening of Herefordshire’s brand new police station
in Leominster, offering a unique opportunity to look round
an operational police station which will be working with
communities in the County.
police are looking for some original designs about the following
and Communities Together (PACT)
Policing, Past and Present.
Your posters can be in paints, pencils, felt-tips or crayons
but should be no bigger than an A4 size of paper. Prizes
will be awarded in three age categories: 3 - 5 years, 6
- 8 years and 9 - 11 years. Put your name, age, address
and a contact number on the back of your poster and post
it to the address below to arrive no later than Saturday,
best entries will be displayed at the new police station
during an activity packed Open Day which takes place on
Saturday, 8th September and the lucky prize winners will
be announced and prizes awarded on the day.
should be sent to the event organizers: Eden Solutions at
Flat 1, 329 Kings Acre Road, Hereford, HR4 0SL.
Nature Watch: The White Lion Swallows have fledged
regular readers will know, I have been following the progress
of the four baby swallows nesting in the new pergola at
the White Lion Inn over the past few weeks. It is nice to
see that two of the hatchlings fledged last Wednesday and
the other siblings on Thursday.
you again to Julie Andrews for her photo of a fox, which
she says, 'crept up on me, not me on it whilst I was stood
shoulder high in nettles'.
week I said that Julie 'is a friend whom I have never met'.
We met last Thursday evening for the first time. It had
been a beautifully sunny day, so we arranged to meet at
6:30 PM and go photograph some wild life. At 6 o'clock the
sky began to blacken and by 6:45, after we had walked to
the river, through the mud, the Heavens opened and so we
abandoned our mission for the sake of keeping the cameras
dry. Nice to meet you though, Julie. At least I now know
who you are. The sloe gin is great, by the way! Thank you
for that. Haven't drunk it all yet - just tried one glass.
The baby swallows last Wednesday . . . DSC_1676
. . . and on Thursday. DSC_1714
Baptist Church will again be looking for donations to be
sent out to Romania this Summer. Last year the church sent
a lorry full of clothing, tools, furniture, medical supplies
and toys to a number of orphanages in Romania. The church
is working closely with Hope Carriers Trust, a Christian
charity based in Hereford which transports aid to the country.
will be a van in the church car park at the bottom of Hill
Street for all donations from Monday, 30th July until Friday,
3rd August from 10am - 4pm, and again on Tuesday, 31st July
Shelley, Team Leader of Ross Baptist Church said, 'Last
year we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our local
community and we are hoping to send out even more aid to
children and families struggling in Romania. We are extremely
grateful to Gwalia who are kindly helping us with this initiative'.
you would like further information on what to donate please
contact the church office on 01989 566966. Pictured with
Tim are two helpers from the church, John and Margaret Corbett.
Appealing for donations for Romania.
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