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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 164 - Wednesday, 12th September 2007
that's that theory out of the window - the mystery remains unsolved
. . .
strange photo of St. Dubricius Church taken by Glyn Townley,
which I first published two weeks ago and elaborated on
last week, has generated a lot of interest. I have received
quite a bit of mail about it and people have stopped me
in the street to talk about it. Most think the photo shows
a very strange phenomenon, and I quite agree. The image,
which I still see as a young lady in a brown dress is weird.
Most people see the figure as a hooded monk or a lady in
a bridal dress. I have to confess that I can see neither
of these and believe that there is some autosuggestion involved
there - what with it being the doorway of a church and all
. . .
Reprint of Glyn's strange photo with the church door enlarged.
week, I showed my article to my daughter, Sarah, who said,
'I'll go there with you on 15th May 2027'. Sarah often wears
dresses like the one I 'imagine' in the photo and she has
black hair. Continuing with the impossible scenario, we
got to joking, 'maybe the theory is true and the
lady in the photo is Sarah - in 20 years time'.
week's article, I had mused about it being a warp in
space/time, as the photograph's 'metadata', which cannot
be changed without some extremely serious hacking, showed
the picture to have been taken in 2027 with a Samsung camera.
I have since received the following information by email
from Karen Wren however:
also have a Samsung digital camera which is subject to various
blips', said Karen. 'If the date is not set correctly, or
if it’s knocked, then the date resets to 2027! As
soon as I saw the 2027 date I guessed immediately that the
pic was taken with a Samsung camera. Quite why they default
to 2027 is another question, however.'
that blows that theory out of the water. Shame. I have to
admit that, much as I like receiving mail from Karen (she
is a local friend) and was pleased to receive her down to
earth feedback, at the same time I was quite disappointed.
Although I was joking with the time warp theory, in a strange
kind of way, I kind of hoped it would turn out to be a possibility.
else suggested: 'The picture at St Dubricious might be a
I don't know what one of those is either - though I guess
from the Latin, 'corpus - corpse' (body) it is probably
a dead bride. His money however is still on a 'priest in
full regalia, i.e. a Bishop-type cape and cope with a robe
Change the word, 'bride' for 'parrot' and
I think you probably have the makings of a good sketch there,
which will still be funny in 30 plus years to come.
. . .
The photo taken by Glyn immediately after the strange one above
Shaw sent in the following:
Mystery picture. I think you have made a grave mistake.
But in the spirit of things I am not going to undertake
to make big issue of it. Perhaps you could send it to one
of those ghostbusting groups, if you don't mind coffin up
for them to look into it. Was the photo taken with a medium
format camera? Either that or you are dead right about the
time travel you speak about in the body of your article.
Did you write the article yourself or do you use a ghost
one, Robin! Actually, I put a new SAM card in my mobile
and called Derek Acorah's 'spirit guide' for his advice.
to being serious though. There is no getting away from it
- the mystery remains unsolved. Glyn and Josie from Yorkshire
have been in touch and, out of interest have sent the photo
next in the sequence of those taken at St. Dubricius that
day. It is a perfectly normal photo. They also sent in a
photo of themselves (below). Both they and we here at 'Wyenot
News' would like to find out more. I don't suppose we ever
will but it is good fun trying... ... as I said, over to
Mulder and Scully, or anybody else out there in the ether
who might have an answer.
The phototographer - Glyn Townley with his wife, Josie. Glyn took
the strange photo at St. Dubricius whilst he was here on holiday
but did not notice the strange figure in the doorway until he arrived
you - Astom Ingham Open Gardens
June you kindly published an article and photographs on
the Aston Ingham Open Gardens. Yesterday I was contacted
by a lady from the USA who had got my telephone number from
that 'Wyenot News' article. She has relatives who left for
the USA in the 1860s. They'd lived in Aston Ingham, Linton,
Newent and Ross-on-Wye. She wanted photographs of the Aston
Ingham Church flower decorations that we'd had for the Open
thought that you'd like to know that she is a regular viewer
and uses the 'Wyenot News' to keep in touch on what is happening
in the areas where her family used to live. Thought you'd
be interested in knowing this. Keep up the good work and
very many thanks for all your help with the Aston Ingham
Open Gardens Week-end! This year, with your support, we
raised over £1,000 for local charities - much appreciated!
is a pleasure, Alec, I enjoyed the tour to take photos and
I am pleased to hear that the Open Gardens weekend was a
Sirs or Madam,
was recently on holiday in the UK and while traveling down
the A40 highway on my way to Winchester from Hereford, (I
was not driving, just a passenger) we crossed a bridge and
I saw to my right, a lovely little town which I believe
may have been Ross on Wye. What I saw was a very tall church
spire to the right and the town to the left of the spire.
I tried to take a photo but we were moving too fast for
me to get my camera ready and snap the shot. Could I be
correct in my assumption? If not I will have to check out
other towns along the A40 on the internet.
you for your assistance in pacifying my curiosity. Happy
Sherlock Holmes within tells me that you are an American
and I strongly suspect, from your description, that you
were indeed looking at Ross-on-Wye. However, as I was not
in the car with you I cannot say for certain.
I suggest is that you look at some of the 100,000 or so
photos on 'Wyenot' and if one of them matches up to the
view you saw, then it was. The 'Scenic Ross-on-Wye' page,
or the photo at the top of virtually every page on 'Wyenot'
are good places to start.
British Legion held their British Legion Remembrance Day
Service at Ross Baptist Church on Sunday evening, which
began with the veterans meeting at Ross Market House and
parading the short distance along Broad Street to the church,
where the flag bearers formed a guard of honour at the entrance.
RFC vs Chipping Sodbury
by Sarah Webb
began with a gathering of new sponsors and ex-captains at
Ross-on-Wye Rugby Club. The event was held to unveil the
new match shirts sponsored by Walford Timber and to thank
their other new sponsors Charlie's Bar and HB Spices and
Flavourings Ltd., as well as a number of other sponsors
who have sponsored individual games to be held later throughout
promoted to Gloucester Division 1, Ross-on-Wye RFC took
a few knocks but came out 20-7 winners over Chipping Sodbury
in their fist league game of the season.
the opening quarter of the game, the only thing between
the two teams was their goal kicker, with Ross leading 6-0,
after two penalties from Alistair Rees and the visitors
missing two kicks at goal. But soon Chipping Sodbury took
advantage of their pressure to score the first try of the
match and after successfully scoring the conversion they
took a 7-6 lead. Ross
kept fighting and came back soon after with a try from Alistair
Hunter Blair to regain the lead and go in 13-7 up at half
the second half, Captain, Andrew Hunt dislocated his shoulder
and looks to be out for at least six weeks. Which saw Michael
Davies come on and move TC Leech into the centre. Ross also
made further changes bringing on Dave Mince and Nick Rawlins,
which seemed to inspire the team. Capitalizing on their
pressure after some good play from Chay Brine, Alistair
Hunter Blair secured his second try of the game to give
Ross a convincing 20-7 lead. But as the final whistle drew
closer fullback Alistair Hunter Blair had to be replaced
and looks likely to be off for around three weeks, so although
Ross got a welcome win they are now missing key players
to go in to there next league match at home against Longlevens
on Saturday, with kick-off at 3pm.
Gathering of sponsors and ex-captains at Ross Rugby Club (The Drop
Inn) on Saturday. On the far left is Sarah Webb, who is studying
journalism in Scotland and recently spent time gaining experience
with the BBC. When she is home, Sarah writes sports reports for
'Wyenot News'. Ref: DSC_0785
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, 3rd September 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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