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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 163 - Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Mr and Mrs Fulford speak of the loss of their son, Dean
family of a 16 year old boy who died in a road traffic collision
on the A40 at Ross-on-Wye earlier this month have spoken
of their loss for the first time. Dean Fulford from Ross-on-Wye
suffered multiple injuries when the moped he was riding
was involved in a collision with a blue Mitsubishi Colt
and a white Citroen Saxo on Monday, 20th August. He died
at the scene.
parents, Andrew and Louisa Fulford have described Dean as
loving teenager with a strong sense of his own identity
who would always put others first. They say they are heartbroken
to lose him. In a statement, the Fulford family said:
memory will be carried by many as he touched the hearts
of everyone he encountered. We will always have him in our
hearts and minds and are heartbroken that he has been taken
from us. Dean’s friends have the memory of a ‘biker goth’
who skated the half pipe in his leather trench coat. No
matter what the weather, Dean always wore his trench coat!
He wasn't afraid to be different and would dress how he
wanted and wouldn’t let anyone change him.
hidden strength that Dean had helped him to get through
so much, helping him to stand up for what he believed in.
Dean would sometimes seem to carry the weight of the world
on his shoulders and would often take long walks to mull
things over. But he would always help to right wrongs or
take time to listen and understand other people’s problems.
He was there to help us all, putting everyone else before
. . .
A recent photograph of Dean and his girlfriend Rebecca.
also had a special love with his girlfriend Rebecca and
they were very happy together. They had planned their future
together right down to the last detail.'
teenager, who would have celebrated his 17th birthday on
Monday, 27th August was a keen biking enthusiast and was
looking forward to taking delivery of a 125cc motorbike.
The former John Kyrle High School pupil was taking an engineering
apprenticeship at Haigh Engineering in Ross and had plans
to go to art college after this. His
ultimate ambition was to design and build custom motorbikes.
inquest was opened and adjourned by the Herefordshire Coroner
on Thursday 30th August. For information concerning the
funeral, the arrangements of which are yet to be confirmed,
please contact Abbotsfield Funeral Directors on 01423 356445.
are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision,
which happened on the northbound side of the A40 at 9.50pm
on Monday, 20th August. In particular, they are keen to
speak to the driver of an articulated lorry which is known
to have stopped at the scene.
driver of this vehicle is likely to have important information
about the collision and police are keen to trace him or
her as a witness. No further details of the lorry are available
and it is not known where it may have been headed to or
from. The driver and any other motorists who may have witnessed
the collision are asked to contact PC Richard Pearce at
the Hereford Roads Policing Team on 08457 444888. Two men
were arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death
by dangerous driving and have been released on bail while
will miss Dean Fulford more than his family and his girlfriend,
Rebecca, but Dean had many friends, including members of
our family, who are devastated by his death and will miss
him for a long time to come.
photograph below shows the floral tributes, bearing cards
with beautiful messages that some of Dean's friends laid
near to the scene of the accident.
Flowers left by the A40 in memory of Dean.
Summer Holiday Workshops at Ross Heritage Centre
by Jules King
the School Summer Holiday a series of workshops has been
offered at the Heritage Centre in Ross. These workshops,
which are free and open to all children accompanied by an
adult, have proved hugely popular this summer, especially
with the uncertain weather! The
workshops are organized by the Heritage Centre in conjunction
with Herefordshire Council Leisure Services and the Green-eyed
Monster Company, which specializes in craft activities and
King is a veteran of these workshops and has attended every
one this summer, producing some wonderful works of art and
craft, as well as having a thoroughly good time. First up,
on 31st July, was "Forts and Fairy Castles" where children
could make either a fort or castle from a shoe box and tissue
paper. With few exceptions the boys chose to make a fort
and the girls chose a fairy castle. Amy made a castle straight
out of Disney, all pink and purple tissue paper and pink
satin ribbon flags!
7th August the session was "Saggy Raggy Dragons" and the
children made some fantastic dragons simply by rag-tying
scraps of fabric around a length of plastic tubing. This
was a bit of a marathon, especially as some children were
a bit ambitious about the length of dragon they wanted to
create and so they (and their Mums!) spent hours tying fabric
around the tubing to make the dragons body.
August was Hedgehog Day when the children learned about
hedgehogs, coloured in pictures and made hedgehogs out of
August and we made a kite out of a simple frame and a plastic
bag! Again all of the materials were recycled, even the
lovely long tail with it's multicoloured bows.
last session was "Wondrous Weaving" where the children created
pictures by tying and weaving wool, plastic and fabric scraps,
buttons and pom-poms onto a cardboard frame.
Amy brought her nice craftwork to Wyenot News on Monday so that
I could photograph her for this week's issue.
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That Mystery Photo
should move on from this 'spectre', which is nothing more
than dappled light hitting the edge of the church doorway
and spilling out along the surfaces. Strappy dress indeed!
No question, you are imaginative.
you for that, Art. 'Imaginative', I may be, especially where
fantasy women in strappy dresses are concerned, but it seems
that you are somewhat imaginative yourself, Art because
nowhere in last week's article did I say that the image
was that of a 'spectre'. I said it was a 'strange photo
of St. Dubricius Church'.
are various enlargements plus one contrast adjusted cut-out
from the photograph, which is something I did not have time
to do last week as the photo arrived right on last week's
news deadline, when I was busy.
still stick to my original guess and say that it looks
like a lady with black hair in a brown, knee length
dress with shoulder straps. She appears to be holding what
also looks like it could be a folded child's buggy in her
the image is of the lady I imagine, rather than dappled
light - whether she was there at the time or whether she
constitutes an X-File, I'll still leave the viewers to guess
. . .
Glyn's photo of St. Dubricius Church.
I can say with absolute certainty, from study using
my photographic software is: even though I neither took
the photo myself nor know the man who did, the original
photograph sent in had not been tampered with in any way
whatsoever. Assuming the time is set more or less correctly
on the photographer's camera I can see from reading the
unchangeable 'metadata' that the original image is shown
to be taken on the 15th, May 2007 at at 14:54 and 42 seconds
with a Samsung Digimax S800 / Kenox S800 digital camera
at ISO 50, f2.8 with an exposure of 0.00285714 second. No
further editing had taken place.
to Mulder and Scully . . .
on the other hand you are really looking for imaginative
. . .
gave the date above as in 2007 but there is a certain element
of assumption involved here because the date the 'metadata'
actually gave was, '2027:05:15 14:54:42'. The 'assumption
lies in the fact that I guessed the clock on Glyn's camera
had been accidentally set wrongly and that it is running
approximately 20 years fast.
what if it had not? There could be a wormhole in space/time
within the grounds of St. Dubricius Church, and on the 15th
May 2027, that lady will walk into the church at a little
before 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Meanwhile, a little further
down the path, the 'spectre' of a man taking a photo with
an old Samsung S800 digital camera will appear.
I am not at that great gig in the sky myself in twenty years
time, I think I'll go to St. Dubricius and take a look.
The fact that I do not appear in the photo myself, as the
'spectre' of a 73 year old man with a Nikon camera standing
behind that grave stone at the back so that I can capture
both parties in my picture though, is perhaps indicative
that I will either forget to go, or that I do not make the
unexpectedly . . .
An enlargment of the area of photo in question.
and curiouser. Maybe I do make the 20 years . . .
have just received the following information from the photographer's
wife, without any prompting. Her email arrived after I had
already written the above article, but before I had shown
it to anybody - not even Tina, who was still snoring in
bed whilst I wrote it . . ..
have just read the comments attached to Glyn's photo in
the news article. He took this shot the first afternoon
we were there in June. It was just after four o'clock and
the only other person there was an oldish gentleman,
quite round, wearing shorts and he was leaving as we arrived.
and I actually went into the church for a short while. It
was so cool and peaceful. I entered our names in the visitors
book and paid for a post card of the church. Before leaving
we had a wander round outside looking at the gravestones
[as one does when on holiday]. We didn't see anyone else
in mind that I will be 73 years old then, I'm pretty round
and prone to wearing shorts, the description fits. When
Dan Brown's future best seller, * 'The Simcoe Code' hits
the big screen, you will know where the idea came from!
General Simcoe, first Governor of Canada's family are buried
in the grounds of St. Dubricius Church.
The same area enlarged even more.
those very serious people out there who do not understand
humour . . .
are bound to be some who will write in just to call me a
nutter. I am only joking with the above explanation.
But then. Albert Einstein has proved that time is
not a constant and, the way I see it, a warp in space/time
is just as likely an explanation of ghosts as that of them
being the souls of dead people.
photo is serious. Maybe it is just dappled light. Whatever.
I really would like an explanation, and so would Glyn, the
photographer and his wife, Josie. With a 1/285th second
exposure (which is an absolute fact as the metadata cannot
lie about that), unless she was walking/running extremely
fast, the lady I see in the photo cannot be simply motion
people have seen a 'hooded monk' in the image. I think it
is one of those images which people see differently, depending
on which side of the brain (left or right) is more dominant.
The area enlarged and the contrast slightly enhanced.
done that man for keeping me in touch with my home. I was
born at Brights Orchard, Hole in the Wall, Foy and lived
there until I was five years old, moved on to Glewstone
Villas and then on to live in Ross town. I went to School
at Goodrich in the late Sixties early Seventies and from
there went on to Ross Secondary I even worked for Jacqui
Danter in the Arcade and Nightclub in the early Nineties.
miss my home very much indeed and hope to return one day.
Thank you, once again as I can still keep in touch with
what is happening in my beloved town I will be coming for
a visit early next month for a few days and I will not feel
so much like a stranger.
up the excellent work. Say hello to Tina for me as she seems
a pleasure, Heather and I hope you enjoy your visit next
- Can you help
don't know if you can help me or point me in the right direction.
I have traced my great grandfather, Richard Michael Whittaker,
to Much Marcle, Herefordshire. Born 1872, he married an
Eleanor Anne Lloyd, daughter of William Lloyd (b.1855)
would like to find out more but have reached a possible
dead end. I live in Namibia, Africa so can even pop up and
have a look at what the internet shows to be a beautiful
must say what a surprise it was to seem my letter printed
on your site, I felt rather stupid after reading your lengthy
reply, it just shows how genuine you are and actually made
me look rather big headed when I seemed to try and change
your successful policies. This was not what I was trying
to do I just thought I saw a danger for your young lady
Tina but as you say she could handle any silly remarks then
who cares what the odd idiot says.
am quite dedicated to your site and look forward to reading
what's gone off over the previous week, I do feel that with
all the work you put in there should be a very good income
from the successful site. Maybe one or two of the guest
houses or hotels will consider the idea of using the site
to show their special offers when things are quiet, let's
remember I visit Ross on Wye several times a year so have
a reason to see the special offer section if it ever became
a weekly thing.
do not know how you cope with all the work you have to do
early in the week, it is a good sign of dedication with
out pushing to hard for a large profit. I apologize for
any of the remarks I put in my previous letter that might
have annoyed you or Tina. Thanks for the reply and you can
be assured I shall be watching your site as always each
and every week.
All the best,
to hear from you, Ken. It was not a problem and neither
Tina nor I were upset by what you wrote. We realize that
you had our best interests in mind.
hope you keep reading and that some of the local hotels
and guesthouses take up your excellent idea.
with the workload - blimey, you're right there. As I type
this, it is 1:08 am on Wednesday morning, I have been on
the go since 8:30 am Tuesday and I still have three hours
of work ahead to get this issue on-line before the real
morning arrives. It has been a really big issue to prepare,
with an unexpected visit to Hereford Hospital, to take my
son, Matt for a scan - which I did not know about until
the day before. (He forgot to tell me about the letter.
Kids - no matter how old they get . . .!!!) That unexpectedly
took 5 hours out of my final news prep day - hence this
very hurriedly written reply.
by Chris Williams
decades have passed since local musician Ron Rogers and
his then-partner, the flame-haired Carol Decker, set the
charts alight with T'Pau's début singles Heart And Soul
and China In Your Hand, the latter holding the Number One
spot for five weeks in 1987. "Performing for Prince Charles
and Princess Diana at the London Palladium and touring sold-out
arenas was like being at a brilliant party that lasted five
years," recalls Ron Rogers.
change in direction by the record label and the breakdown
of Decker's and Rogers' personal relationship led to band's
split in the early 1990s. Ron Rogers now performs locally
with acoustic quartet The Ronaldos, as well as producing
music by other artists at his recording studio set upon
the Welsh mountains overlooking Monmouth.
her part Decker remains a household name, regularly touring
across Europe and, earlier this year, singing duets with
Beverley Knight and Tony Christie on BBC One's prime time
show Just The Two Of Us. Carol Decker's new single 'Just
Dream' marks not only the twentieth anniversary of T'Pau's
initial success, but also the reunion of Decker's and Rogers'
song writing partnership. Rogers explains, "I had a basic
idea for 'Just Dream' and asked Carol if she could add anything
to it. We now live one hundred miles apart so we get together
as often as possible and keep in touch via the internet."
The simplicity of switching on the computer and downloading
music greatly appeals to both Decker and Rogers, who have
bypassed record labels in favour of overseeing every aspect
of the single's release themselves. Rogers adds, "The idea
of a download-only single is to keep the whole process as
creative as possible. We are in control, right down to the
single cover shot."
Dream' is available now, exclusively as an internet download,
from i-Tunes, Amazon.co.uk, Napster and many more.
Ron Rogers and Carol Decker.
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what has lately become two 18 hour working days on the trot.
you very much for your understanding and help.
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