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Issue No. 171 - Wednesday, 31st October 2007
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Page 1 [Top West Midlands Restaurant - A Big Man with a Big Heart - Great Weekend Ahead - Tribute to Dora Gwilliam]
Page 2 [Being crafty at the Chase Hotel - Special fashion show in aid of Macmillan]
Page 3 [Pumpkin Contest - Welsh Cider Makers at Broome Farm]

Page 4

[On and Off the Flight Deck - Cards for Good Causes - What's Happening in Ross - Happy Birthday, Jerry - Autumn]
Page 5 [Icelandic Party - Serious Injury on the A40 - Macmillan Quiz - Asda Ghouls - Letters]
Page 6 [Christmas Menus 2007 - Jumping Jive - Half Term Big Draw - Forest Fires - Glosfolk - Sport - Weather]
Page 7 [News from around Herefordshire]
Christmas Menus 2007

Are you looking for somewhere to enjoy a Christmas Meal with your family or for somewhere to hold your annual company Christmas Dinner?

Over the coming weeks, Wyenot News will be making menus from local restaurants available to view on-line or print.

Click the links below to view menus available so far in a separate window (close window when finished). Links are placed in order of when received. This article will be repeated with a different 'Winter' photo weekly until Christmas:

[White Lion Christmas Menu] *** [Orles Barn Christmas Menu]

If you advertise with and would like your restaurant's Christmas menu available to view on-line here, please post a copy to: Wyenot News, 1, Hillview Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 7EY.

This is a free service - available only to restaurants / pub owners who currently
support 'Wyenot News' by advertising!

Alms Houses, Ross-on-Wye. Ref: DSC_7301 25th December 2004.

Jumping jive at the White Lion

Music fans are in for a rare treat this coming Friday as the Wye Valley's leading jump jive band, The Jiveoholics, make their first ever visit to Ross-on-Wye.

The band, which presents a high energy set with plenty of humour, will be appearing at The White Lion, Wilton and the evening is guaranteed to go with a swing.

Playing the music that was all the rage in the early 1950's, The Jiveoholics faithfully recreate the classic hits of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway and Louis Prima, as well as a host of other numbers that had people rocking and rolling before Rock and Roll had even been thought of.

The first set will begin at 8.30, so take your dancing shoes and jive the night away.

For further information call The White Lion 01989 562785.

Events prove to be a Big Draw during half-term holiday

Herefordshire Heritage Services hosted a series of events during the October half-term as part of the national 'Big Draw' campaign.

At Ross Heritage Centre there was be a Bedecked and Bejewelled event, where boys and girls drew jewellery from Hereford Museum's handling collections and made some funky body ornaments from recycled materials.

Continued . . .

At Ross Heritage Centre, Amy King made a crown, helped by Mum, Jules and Tina from the
Green Eyed Monster Company. Ref: DSC_2033
In Hereford on the same day, a drawing-themed treasure trove was held on Tuesday in the Woolhope Room at Hereford Museum. Youngsters were asked to draw one of the museum's treasures, which included a Persian dagger with a glass horse-head pommel, a rhino beetle, a mother of pearl decorative egg, a pair of silk baby's shoes and military buttons bearing dragon images. These themes had been specially selected for the event from the collections at the Museum Resource and Learning Centre in Friar Street. Children etched their drawings into special polystyrene printing tiles and inked them up to produce prints. The youngsters then added their prints to a special wall hanging, which will go on permanent display in the atrium of the new Museum Resource and Learning Centre in Friar Street.

Jewellery from Roman times to Victorian times featured at the Bedecked and Bejewelled event at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery on Wednesday, October 24 when youngsters had the opportunity to draw a range of jewellery and make some of their own.

Ledbury Heritage Centre hosted Bedecked and Bejewelled on Thursday, October 25 from 10am until 12.30pm when children drew and made jewellery.

Siriol Collins, Herefordshire Council's heritage learning officer, said, 'We are delighted so many youngsters took part in the Big Draw which is a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to use drawing as a way to engage with the past, present and future. Our museums and heritage centres have a wealth of treasures for people to see and they all proved an inspiration to the youngsters in creating their own designs.

Joseph and Grace Edwards add their drawings to the wall hanging during the Big Draw event held at Hereford Museum.

The California Forest Fires

Thank you to Kate Boseley who sent in this photograph of the forest fires currently raging in California. The photo was taken by Kate's sister, Philippa, who moved to California from Newnham on Severn 22 years ago.

It is a shame about the fires but the photo is great!

Forest fires rage in California.

Make a logo for the Glosfolk web site

Following their successful 'Make a Song and Dance' event last year, Glosfolk , Gloucestershire's network organization for lovers of folk music, have purchased a new website to spread the word amongst its several hundred new members.

Glosfolk chairperson Gwilym Davies said, 'we are really pleased at the way the organization is growing and the interest being generated by our activities. We need a new logo to go with the new website and are asking for help from the people of Gloucestershire to design one for us'

Glosfolk has been in existence for 11 years and was formed by the late Peter Kennedy. It holds a valuable archive of Gloucestershire's Folk music history and dance traditions. Its membership is free and open to anybody in the county interested in folk music no matter what its origin. Designs should be sent (in JPEG format) to by 1st December and the Glosfolk Committee will decide the winning design.

A prize of a selection of CDs by Glosfolk musicians will be presented to the winner at the Gloucestershire 1000 event to celebrate the folk music and traditions of Gloucestershire at the University of Gloucestershire on 20th January 2008.

The Applejacks dancers, who are members of Glosfolk. Photographed at the Old Court Hotel in August 2007. Ref: DSC_9435

Vanessa runs for Ross in Portsmouth

Vanessa Brann from Ross, along with Clara Evans and Grace Hughes from Hereford Athletics Club, went to Portsmouth on Saturday to take part in the Junior Great South Run. Well over 300 children in the race and Vanessa Brann finished 5th, Grace Hughes and 6th Clara Evans 7th.

What was also very nice was that the one of the Tooby twins of Woolhope was there, her husband was commentating and she told him any time he sees a Hereford vest then cheer them on, she also took the trouble to come and speak to the girls after the race finished, and told them how good it was to see the green vest of Hereford there taking part.

Vanessa also took part in the Junior Great North Run four weeks ago, where she came 4th in her race and 66th overall out of the 800 children in her age group.

Grace Hughes, Clara Evans, Vanessa Brann.

Rugby, Gloucester Division 1 - Ross 16, Dursley 8

Ross returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought victory against a determined Dursley side. After a tense initial sixty minutes, Ross composed themselves to deliver eight unanswered points in the last quarter and register their fourth win in Gloucester Division 1.

Ross were the first team out of the blocks, establishing quality possession. Nick Rawlings was finding both Ashley Nelms and Matt Jones in the lineout and this area of play was to deliver a steady amount of possession throughout the game. In the scrums, once again, the Ross pack put a huge amount of pressure on the Dursley scrum, which either resulted in turnover ball or poor retreating ball for the Dursley no 8. The only opportunity for Durlsey came from their back line, who looked dangerous every time they got quality ball.

The first score came after 15 minutes. The Dursley 7 was caught offside at a ruck and Chris Gage converted the penalty to put Ross 3-0 up. From the kick off Ross knocked on and Dursley had an attacking scrum 30 yards out. Although Ross did disrupt the scrum, Dursley secured possession and after some good work from the outside backs, the Dursley winger scored under the posts. The Dursley 10 hooked his conversion wide, leaving the score at 5-3. With lineout and scrums working well Ross were able to dominate the last quarter of an hour and after a lineout drive Ashley Nelms crashed over wide out to put Ross 8-5 up at half time.

It was Dursley who started the second half the brightest, almost playing a seven's brand of rugby. As the game opened up, Ross found themselves on the wrong end of some strange decisions from the referee. Dursley converted one of these, leaving the score at 8 all as the game entered the last quarter. Ross redoubled their efforts for the last quarter and after another clean lineout take from Matt Jones, Dave Mince crashed over to score, putting Ross 13-8 ahead. Dursley tried to respond, but the Ross defence held tight and with the last play of the match, Simon Gwynne dropped a goal seeing Ross home as 16-8 victors.

The W James Garden Machinery Man of the Match was TC Leech.

Next week Ross are back in league action away to Old Bristolians. Kick off is 2.30pm.

Rugby, Ross 2nds 22 - Droitwich 3rds 3

Ross seconds travelled to a blustery Droitwich on Saturdaywith a predominately young side hoping to pick up their third league win of the season.

Having lost the toss, Ross started the game playing into a strong wind and spent much of the first half having to defend, doing so with much vigour. Some strong tackling by C. Price, P. Smith and R. J-Walker helped keep the line intact.

After twenty minutes of solid defending, Ross conceded a penalty in front of the posts, which was converted, making the score 3 - 0. The rest of the half fell into a pattern of defence for Ross. With the whole side tackling well, Droitwich could find no way through and the half ended with Ross, although behind, looking the happier of the two teams.

The second half started with some clever kicking from the Ross backs, pinning Droitwich back in their own half. Ross looked to expose the Droitwich defence with their younger, faster backs moving the ball around. It seemed only a matter of time before Ross would go over to score.

With all the youth in the side, the first try came from one of the more seasoned players. C. Godwin went crashing through the line to score in the corner. A. Bevan hit the post with the conversion attempt to put Ross in the lead 5 - 3. The Ross forwards started to get on top with J. Christopher and M. Winstanly dominating the line out.

As M. Pollock, P. Hazelwood and P. Pat won turn over ball, Ross took control of the tempo of the game. The quick ball provided by C. Powell after his return from injury, capped a good all round display. The kicking of G. Holdsworth lead to the next two try's. First, a long punt which Simon collected and forced his way through to score, the second with a kick to the corner and A. Bevan collecting to score the try and making one of the conversions. This left the score at 17 - 3, with little time left to go.

B. Parker and M. Russell both made some good yards as Ross pushed for the score that would put the game beyond all doubt, when C. Godwin ran on to a poor line out ball and finding himself clear, raced over with the last score of the game. Man of the match was M. Pollock for his all action display.

Ross-on-Wye 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.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 22nd October 2007
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 0 8.7 3.8 0 0.6 0.3 3.0
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 0 1.0 0.7 0.5
Rainfall (inches) 0 0 0 0 .04 .03 .02
Maximum Temperature (C) 12 13 12 10 13 15 18
Maximum Temperature (F) 54 55 54 50 55 59 64
Minimum Temperature (C) 4 5 1 5 8 9 12
Minimum Temperature (F) 39 41 34 41 46 48 54
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 47 47 46 50 50 52 55


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