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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 169 - Wednesday, 17th October 2007
Great Saturday Evening at The Prince with Will Killeen
(Put that bow and arrow down - you'll 'ave someone's
exclamation was overheard somewhere in a field in Sussex,
almost a millennium ago, on 14th October 1066. Moments later,
Harold Godwine, last of the English Kings tried to pluck
an arrow from his eye but failed and died. William, whose
invasion force from Normandy had cheated by pretending to
retreat before launching their attack took his place. From
that day forth, coffee was forced upon the English, the
humble bread roll in Safeway supermarkets everywhere became
known as the 'baguette' and chippies started selling 'French
to rub it in, last week the French Market came to Ross-on-Wye.
Saturday, 13th October 2007, almost exactly 941 years later,
we got our own back again!
was as we walked through the door of the Prince of Wales
that I first realized that England had beaten France in
the Rugby World Cup semi-final. Saturday
had been a long day and Tina and I were both totally worn
out, having spent the day at Symonds Yat. When it came to
the evening, had the entertainment at the Prince of Wales
been anybody other than Will Killeen (or the Zebras) we
would have given it a miss and stayed home for the third
Saturday on the trot. I am glad we did muster the energy
to go out though. Will
Killeen's performance was nothing less than brilliant (as
usual) and the evening, spent in the company of Will, Oz
and the Kiss Syndicate was the perfect finish to what had
been one of those really good days.
Prince of Wales was crowded with rugby supporters and the
atmosphere good for a great evening of entertainment. That
is exactly what we got.
Will Killeen enjoys a very large Jameson, courtesy of Nick and Phil
makes Will Killeen extra special is that, as well as being
one of the country's best blues guitarists, he is so unassuming
in his manner, despite his amazing ability as a musician.
In the past, Will has played with the 'Pretty Things', he
replaced Rory Gallagher for a while, when Rory left 'Taste'
and has performed at major festivals around the UK and Ireland
for many years, yet he still enjoys playing at pub venues
and puts as much into these as he does the big events.
did take some photos of Will performing but, for a change,
decided to show the one of him enjoying a large glass of
Jameson Whiskey, courtesy of the Kiss brothers, Nick and
Phil, who can be seen below.
No 'Tina Dancing' this week - it didn't really happen. I
did take some photos but they were not of real dancing -
more 'Tina leaning against the wall in time to the music'
type photos. Rugby supporters, Simon and Daniel Sherwood,
Grant and Gareth Holdsworth, Chris Jones and Mark Coleman
did manage to dance to Will though and they can be seen
Saturday, The Zebras are playing at the Barrel Inn, and
they are a definite generator of 'All Zebras Groupies Dancing'
photos. Looking forward to that one as much as Will, and
we hope to see you there!
Brothers, Nick and Phil, who obviously enjoyed the evening.
Simon, Daniel, Grant, Gareth, Chris and Mark enjoying Will Killeen's
music and celebrate England beating France.
wins BBC competition to make Ross cider
James McDonald of BBC Hereford and Worcester was at Broome
Farm on Friday to interview Roy Gwillam. Roy had won a real
ale competition, live on the breakfast show last July, getting
five out of five questions right in the first round and
four out of five right in the second. His prize was two
tickets to the Hereford Real Ale Festival and a day making
cider at Broome Farm.
went along to Ross
Cider and Perry Company at Broome Farm on Friday,
where I took some photos of Roy being interviewed and of
his cider making experience.
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Competition winner, Roy Gwillam being interviewed by James McDonald
from the BBC. Ref: DSC_1585
Roy enjoyed his day at Ross Cider, saying, 'Having
just had harvest festival at church, Friday was my opportunity
to get involved in harvesting a crop of cider apples and
help in processing them'.
day included all activities involved in the cider making
process from shaking a tree, picking up the apples and taking
them to the work shop for milling and processing.
was impressed with the farm's wildlife. 'The
farm has various birds visiting, including yellow hammers,
buzzards and winter visitors such as red wings and field
fares, who love to eat the fruit which is left over,' he
said. 'Other visitors include squirrels, badgers, moles,
foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs and bats. It
has been an interesting day in the open air away from my
normal work of accounting services'.
been a presenter on Kidderminster hospital Radio for 24
years, Roy also found the radio interview, which was broadcast
on Monday, an interesting experience. He
would like to thank Mike Johnson and his team for their
hospitality, kindness and friendship. 'I will be back to
help again,' he said.
Roy helps John Edwards press the apples. Ref: DSC_1595
Cancer Support Holding A Guided Walk Around Ross
The Ross branch of the Macmillan Cancer Support group are
hoping to raise extra funds for the Macmillan Renton Unit
by holding an historic guided walk around part of Ross.
The walk will take place on Wednesday, 24th October at 2pm.
Those wishing to take part in the walk should meet in Ross
Heritage Centre from 1:45pm.
walk will take approximately two hours and the cost of taking
part is £2 per head, all of which will go to the Renton
Appeal. There is no charge for children, however, they must
be accompanied and supervised by the adult bringing them
at all times. Spaces are limited to 15 adults so it may
be advisable to book in advance.
anybody is unable to join in on this occasion, but would
really like to take part, there will be another opportunity
at a later date. Simply leave your name and contact details
with any Macmillan Support member or, leave your details
at the Heritage Centre.
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