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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 170 - Wednesday, 24th October 2007
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Page 1 [New faces in Ross - Mayor's sponsored preach - Switched on motorists - Bejewelled - Pumpkin Soup]
Page 2 [WNTV: Ross Sk8ter boys in action - Letters]
Page 3 [Focus Green Champion - Money Box - Orles Barn - What's happening in Ross - Nature Watch]

Page 4

[Employment in Ross - Happy Birthdays - Zebras at the Barrel - Local farmer in court - Sorry Girls]
Page 5 [Walking Festival - Rugby - Weather - News from around Herefordshire]
Focus Green Champion

Focus is a green thinking company and try to encourage customers to be environmentally friendly. The Focus store at Ross runs regular monthly activities with a green thinking theme, such as publishing ways of saving energy.

In July of this year, the store ran a competition to find a community 'Green Champion.' Somebody nominated Peter Martin, who has come up with some innovative recycling ideas and was presented with his reward of £125 worth of Focus vouchers at the store on Wednesday, 17th October. Well done Peter.

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Money Box Celebrates International Credit Union Day

The World Council of Credit Unions Day was celebrated in 97 countries world-wide on Thursday 18th October. One hundred and seventy two million people are members of credit unions. WOCCU, the World Council of Credit Unions, helps millions of people to grow their money and manage it well. Credit Unions offer affordable financial services to their members and help them to get the most out of their budgets.

Herefordshire's Money Box is a member of the World Council, giving the county's people access to safe savings, affordable credit and a chance for a better tomorrow. Money Box works together with Herefordshire Council, Churches Together, the South Wye Development Trust, Herefordshire Voluntary Action, The Robert Owen Society and others, to deliver services to members county wide.

The achievements of credit unions the world over would not be possible without the tireless dedication and commitment of volunteers. Working together with partners like the Grameen Bank, governments and local authorities, the volunteers strive to make the vision of 'Quality Credit Unions for Everyone' a reality.

Whether the money is needed to buy a cow in Africa, a sewing machine in India, an egg grading machine in Ireland or a printing machine in Hereford, credit unions help people to afford the equipment that they need to make a living. Of course, life is not all work and credit unions help their members to afford holidays, sports equipment or celebration events like weddings. They try to achieve a better quality of life for all.

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Richard and Kelly would like to welcome you to Orles Barn

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Wyenot News would like to wish Richard and Kelly Bailey every success with their new ownership of Orles Barn Hotel and Restaurant at Wilton. Orles Barn has an interesting history and some parts of the building date back to the 14th and 17th centuries.

Since taking over about five weeks ago, Richard and Kelly have been busy refurbishing and smartening up the overall look of Orles Barn, whilst continuing to provide a diverse menu of delicious dishes. There traditional Sunday lunches are already proving extremely popular.

Throughout the rest of October and November, Thursday night is 'Italian Night' at Orles Barn with a tempting menu of classic Italian dishes, desserts and drinks. On Wednesday, 31st October they are holding an evening to celebrate Great British puddings. A three course meal will be served, with the pudding having the starring role.

If you never know which wine to go for with your meal, why not go along to the Orles Barn Wine Tasting Evening on Wednesday, 14th November? After delicious champagne and canapés, the evening will feature five wines paired with a five course dinner. All of the food will be locally sourced and reflect the season. Sounds rather posh doesn't it? However, the evening is designed to be wonderfully casual as well as enlightening. Places are limited for this event, so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

A special accommodation offer

As well as all of this, the Orles Barn Christmas Party Menu is out. It seems as if there will never be a dull dining moment at Orles Barn. The accommodation at Orles Barn looks good too, in fact throughout the months of November and January, a three nights for the price of two offer is available.

Why not go along and see Orles Barn for yourself. Richard and Kelly will be delighted to meet you.

What's Happening in Ross This Week?

Just a couple of things you might like to note in your diary this week . . .

Due to the success of the 'Open Art Surgery' at Nature's Choice on Thursday, 11th October, further events have been planned. The next unplugged open mic session for all musicians, poets, storytellers and thespians is due to take place at the same venue this coming Thursday. All are welcome to take part. Alternatively, why not go along and listen? Entrance is £3 and £2.

The entertainment for the Prince of Wales this week is yet to be confirmed. Please check the 'What's On?' page of in a couple of days.

This coming Saturday is the last Saturday in the month. This means that Jacqueline's is open until 3am, so you can dance the night away for that little bit longer.

On Tuesday, the Heritage Centre welcomes back 'Cards for Good Causes.' Why not go along and see the fantastic range of Christmas cards that are available and help one or two of your favourite charities at the same time?

That's about it for this week. Have a good one and a Happy Hallowe'en.

Nature Watch: Fungi season and views from the river

October and November are great months for discovering fungi in the woods. I usually go out photographing in the woods at this time of year but so far, apart from a very quick and very specific visit to White Rocks last week, I have not found the time to do so this year.

Luckily, nature photographing friend of 'Wyenot News', Julie Andrews has been out and about with her camera and sent in the top three nice photos from Haugh Wood, (which is pronounced hoff wood) Mordiford. Thank you for those Julie. I hope you managed to get away without encountering the infamous Mordiford Dragon!

The bottom three photos were taken at Backney, just by the old railway bride, from my boat. Being actually on the water gives a completely different perspective to one's surroundings and the river wildlife. I have been to Backney thousands of times over the 31 years I have lived in Ross but was completely unaware of the small waterfall at Backney Bridge until going there the other day in the boat.

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