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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 179 - Wednesday, 2nd January 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [WNTV News - New Year's Eve at the Market House and at the White Lion and Prince of Wales]
Page 2 [2008 can only get better - Ross children welcome Santa - Packing presents for Santa]
Page 3 [A nice start to Christmas - Mike Jennings - Jumpin' Jive from the Jiveoholics - White Lion Nativity]

Page 4

[Fab Four on Boxing Day - Panto fun at Nature's Choice - Jagged Hands at the Prince of Wales - VOSA vehicles]
Page 5 [Updating What'sOn? - Christmas Day Lunch for the elderly - WRVS Christmas Lunch]
Page 6 [Car Vandalized - John Dickinson's closes after 50 years - Snowy weather warning]
Page 7 [New Year's Day Fun Run - Y-Zone - Rugby Club Raffle - The President's Game]
Page 8 [News from around Herefordshire County]
2008 can only get better!

The Christmas / New Year issue of Wyenot News is late. Sorry about that. I have seen lots of people trying to access it before publication by typing in the predicted full Wyenot URL path but I have just been unable to produce the issue on time. I think I can safely say that on a family level, this has been one of the worst Christmas' I can remember. We did have a very nice Christmas Day and there were other good periods but in general, very little went right.

It all began with Tina (along with half the local population) contracting a sickness bug and having to sleep with 'the bucket' by the bed just a few days prior to the event. Then came the dangerous driving lunatic who, on the Saturday just prior to Christmas day, crashed into Kirsty's (Tina's son's girlfriend) car, shunting it two metres up the road, onto the pavement and into the back of mine - totally writing off both of our vehicles, which were both deemed 'beyond economical repair' (I just this minute received the call to say that the 'Wyenot Mobile' is a total 'write-off' as it has caved in the hatchback and buckled the floor - story about my car and an idiotic Herefordshire Housing jobsworth later).

I felt ill on Christmas day with a cold and 'Tina's' sickness but still enjoyed the day. Boxing Day however, until going out to the Prince to watch the Zebras in the evening was not nice at all. Tina was working and I was home alone with a cold and the puke bug and it was just a generally miserable day - right up until the evening.

We did not publish last week, but that did not mean that we were not working on the news. I was out filming and photographing virtually everything that happened locally throughout and prepping this issue as much as was possible straight after the events had taken place. I had decided that on the Sunday after Christmas, I would go for a coffee with friends, Kevin and Jane then spend the rest of the day prepping the issue. Of course, that was not to be. A power line fell down and, with Tina working, I spent the afternoon and evening, home, alone in the dark, looking at at a television set that I could not switch on, by the light of a flickering candle.

As this was the second power failure on a news prep day, I went to Focus on Monday morning and purchased a 2.4 KVA electricity generator, so future power failures will be covered. I tested it during the morning and it works fine.

The main delay to the news came about on New Year's Eve/Day. The garage collected my wrecked car at 8:30 am on NYE, so I was up at 8:00 and worked on the news for the day. During the evening, I felt tired but went out to cover New Year at the White Lion, The Prince of Wales and at the Market House. I needed to drive my 'courtesy car' so that I could carry the equipment around - consequently, not a drop of alcohol passed my lips during the whole event and all went well. Tina had a few drinks and we had a great evening. I particularly enjoyed the Market House this year.

At 2:00 am, we got home. I had a cup of tea and said to Tina, 'I think I'll have a Jack Daniel's before we go to bed.'

My mobile phone rang - it was Bernice. 'Sorry - did I get you out of bed?'
'No. Why? What's the matter?' I could tell from her voice it was trouble.
'Have you been drinking?' she asked. The bottle and glass were out so that I could have my first drink of the day but I had not yet poured it.
'No, not yet,' I replied.
'Good. Chris has had an accident and it needs a specialist, so they can't deal with it at Ross Hospital. They can get him there in an ambulance but it will be hours before they can get one. They have asked if you will drive him to Hereford Hospital?'
'OK - tell them I'll be there in 5 to 10 minuets . . .'

Chris (sober) had been at a night club, had leaned on a table, putting his full body weight onto his hand, having not seen the broken glass on the table and had severely cut his hand, down to the bone - severing the tendons.

We were in Hereford Hospital all night, where they dressed the wound temporarily and X-rayed his hand. There was some broken bone in the wound as well and he needed an operation. We arrived back home the following morning, I had two hours sleep and then went to film the New Year's Day Fun Run.

As for poor Chris... His new year's day began with an operation to remove the bone fragments and stitch the tendons back together. His arm is in a plaster cast and he is in a lot of pain and cannot work for six weeks. Being Chris though, he is taking it as just one of those things that happens and is reasonably cheerful.

2008 can only get better. We hope you enjoy this issue of the news and wish all readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


The White Lion Inn, Wilton.
Morris Bricknell, Chartered Surveyors, Stroud House, 30, Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 5LE.

STROUD HOUSE
30 GLOUCESTER ROAD
ROSS-ON-WYE, HEREFORDSHIRE HR9 5LE

-Tel: 01989 768320

Ross Children Welcome Santa

It was a very special day in Ross-on-Wye on Saturday, 22nd December. For this was the day that Santa was led by torchlight procession up Broad Street to Ross Market House so that he could give every single child who came to see him a Christmas present.

Whilst the crowds were waiting for Santa to arrive, the singers of St. Mary's Church sang some lovely carols and Paul Nicholls played some lively Christmas music, as he kindly does every year to celebrate Santa's visit.

Santa had a special guest with him this year. None other than Scooby Doo who did a special dance for the crowds, whilst waiting for Santa to finish saying hello to the children. You can see more of this special event on this week's edition of WNTV News programme.


The singers of St. Mary's Church entertain the crowds with carols. Ref: DSC_3638

Ross Cub Pack lead the torchlight procession from Brookend Street. Ref: DSC_3643

Christopher 'Two Torches' James and the rest of Ross Scouts follow the lead. Ref: DSC_3644

Ross Brownies and Guides help lead the way for Santa. Ref: DSC_3647

Santa, Scooby Doo and friends make their way to Ross Market House. Ref: DSC_3656

Santa walks to the Market House where hundreds of children wait to greet him. Ref: DSC_3659

Lots of children wanted their photo taken with Santa and he happily obliged. Ref: DSC_3666

Packing presents for Santa

As the run up to Christmas is a very busy time for Santa, the day before he came to Ross he asked for volunteers to help pack the presents that would be given to every child who went to meet him at Ross Market House the next day. The volunteers happily gave up their time to help Santa, as they do year in, year out. We think they deserve a special thank you for helping Santa out.


Santas friends help to pack up all of the presents to be given out the next day. Ref: DSC_3612

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