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Issue No. 187 - Wednesday, 27th February 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - CAB opens at the Corn Exchange - Deep Sea Fishermen - JKHS Play - Football Quiz]
Page 2 [Pre-school Ofsted - By election - Backtrackers' Birthday - Lions Social - Thinking day - JKHS - Whitchurch School]
Page 3 [I just called to say - Nature Watch: Lunar eclipse and frog orgies - Happy Birthday Robin - Letters]

Page 4

[Mike Arnison's Wildlife - Saturday at the Prince - Shopmobility - On air quiz - Rebox - Rugby - Weather Station]
Page 5 [The news from around Herefordshire]
Mike Arnison's Wildlife

This week's photos from Mike were taken at Cannop Pond in the Forest of Dean. A pair of Mandarin ducks, plus a female Mallard - stood on a sheet of ice covered with thin layer of water.

Nice one, Mike! Thanks for your comments on my moon shots last week and I'm pleased you liked them.

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


-Tel: 01989 768320

Saturday night at the Prince

The Figs provided the entertainment at the Prince of Wales on Saturday evening, playing a good range of classic rock and pop covers. Bass player and vocalist, Dave Setchfield also plays for Dad Rock with former Zebras drummer John Brown.

This coming Saturday, the brilliant 'Business As Usual' will be entertaining Prince of Wales customers.

Doug Quinn, guitar, Richard Williamson, Drums and Dave Setchfield at the Prince on Saturday. Ref: DSC_4701

National Shopmobility Day

Ross Shopmobility is to take part in the first ever National Federation of Shopmobility UK (NFSUK), National Shopmobility Awareness Day held in the UK. The NFSUK, the main Shopmobility representative body, announced that most of its Affiliated Schemes across the UK and the Channel Islands will be taking part in the awareness days on Friday, 29th February and Saturday, 1st March 2008.

The main aim of these National Awareness days is to help people with a temporary or permanent physical disability, their families, friends and carers see for themselves what Shopmobility Schemes can do with them to improve access to shopping and other leisure experiences.

Ross Shopmobility's representative, Victoria, will be available at the Market House in Ross from 10 AM until 3.30 PM to demonstrate one of the latest Shopmobility scooters to people that have a genuine interest in discovering more about how the local scheme works. Watch out for Dennis Humble on Saturday who will be driving around town on one of the scooters and talking to local people.

The Chairperson of NFSUK, Anne Ansell, said 'Shopmobility Schemes are very proud of what they do for their communities and we want more people who can benefit to get know about us and what we can do together'.

Anyone wanting to visit the Ross based scheme can find Shopmobility in the Scout and Guide Headquarters, in Red Meadow car park, along side the Ross swimming pool. The scheme operates Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am until 4.00pm. Ross Shopmobility can be contacted by telephone on 01989 763388 or by e mail at If you wish to visit a scheme in another area, you should contact the on-line Directory at to confirm opening times and other details. The site also has other information that will be of interest to those wanting to use Shopmobility services.

The Ross project is funded by Advantage West Midlands through the Ross Area Partnership, The Eveson Trust and Herefordshire Council. The project is run in partnership with: Age concern, Community First, EnviroAbility, Herefordshire Voluntary Action; WRVS.

Town Councillors Chris Bartrum, Jane Roberts, Ross Mayor, Derek Bedford (seated), John Edwards and Phil Cutter visited the Ross Shopmobility HQ to show support for the project and for the National Shopmobility Awareness Day.

On Air Quiz raises 700 in Village Hall Flight Simulation

A packed Kempley Village Hall took to the air on Saturday evening, when a fund-raising quiz and three-course dinner attracted around 70 people, raising a grand total of 700 to be donated to the County Air Ambulance Service.

'Air and Everything in it' was the theme of the evening, from the question topics in the quiz, to the dishes served at dinner, which included vol-au-vents, 'mackerel sky' pate, home-made pheasant casserole, with light-as-air meringues and (flightless) kiwi fruit as dessert. The meal was served in authentic style from airline trolleys courtesy of BMiBaby, complete with plastic trays and cutlery.

Beneath billowing clouds ingeniously conjured up by the use of swathes of horticultural fleece suspended from the ceiling of the packed hall, 15 teams competed for the top prize, an all-inclusive meal for 4 at the Sitara Restaurant in Ledbury, which was won by Kathy Hardinge of Malvern and her team, The Sopwith Camels, in a close-run contest. Quizmaster, Kempley Village Hall's chairman John Fishpool, who also provided the sound system for the evening, looked the part in his pilot's cap.

Over 20 local businesses based in Ross, Ledbury, Newent and Malvern generously donated high-value raffle prizes on the 'Air' theme in support of this good cause. The evening was the brainchild of Kempley resident Maggie Bligh. This is the third such event at Kempley she has organized, the previous two raising similar amounts of money for the charities Water Aid and Farm Africa. The staging of the event was underwritten by Waitrose Malvern, so that all the money raised on the evening benefited the County Air Ambulance.

Air Ambulance Quiz Night in Kempley.

Happy Birthday ReBox

ReBox have been operating successfully now for three years and held celebrated their third year with a party at The Noah's Ark pub in Tudorville.

Wyenot News were invited along to join in the fun but due to a prior commitment, (Dad's 75th birthday party) we were unable to stay for more than a few minutes. Thank you for inviting us though.

Everybody seemed to be having a great time, so we left them to party. Well done guys. You do a great job.

The ReBox team at the Noah's Ark on Friday. Ref: DSC_4255.

Rugby Gloucester Division 1 - Ross 10, Brockworth 11

With two away games on the bounce looming, Ross had targeted this game as a must win. They started strongly but fell behind two scores early in the second half. A late rally ensured a nail biting last 5 minutes, but Ross were unable to add the score which would have brought them victory.

With the wind in their favour Ross started the brightest, securing a prolonged period of territory in the Brockworth half. However the away team worked hard in defence and Ross were unable to deliver that killer pass. With the game moving into its second quarter they only had a Chris Gage penalty to show for their advantage. As the half progressed, Brockworth were able to convert two penalty opportunities and at half time Ross found themselves 6-3 down.

With the scoreline so tight, it was critical that Ross scored first in the second half. However, after conceding a penalty early on, Ross found themselves defending a Brockwoth lineout 10 metres from their own line. Initially the Ross defence held firm, holding up the initial drive, and the subsequent drives from the Brockworth forwards. However after four attempts to drive over close to the ruck failed, Brockworth moved the ball left, where their Winger cantered over to score, giving Brockworth a 11-3 lead.

Ross upped the tempo of the game then, stretching the Brockworth defence to near breaking point. However, Ross still couldn't deliver that killer blow. On numerous occasions TC Leech, Chay Brine and Luke Gray got behind the defence but were not able to get the scoring pass away. Brockworth scrambled in defence and were able blot out the attack. As the clock ticked down, Chay Brine scored an outstanding solo effort wide out on the right. Chris Gage converted from the touchline and Ross were within one point with three minutes to go. They tried to run the ball from deep, but that killer pass evaded them and Brockworth were able to close the game out.

The Premier Limo's man of the match was Chay Brine for his elusive running.

Next Saturday, 1st March Ross travel to Painswick. Kick off is at 2:30pm.

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, 18th February 2008
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 5.6 3.5 0.1 0 3.4 0 0
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 Trace Trace Trace Trace
Rainfall (inches) 0 0 0 Trace Trace Trace Trace
Maximum Temperature (C) 8 3 9 11 13 12 11
Maximum Temperature (F) 46 37 48 52 55 54 52
Minimum Temperature (C) -7 -6 -4 0 8 7 9
Minimum Temperature (F) 19 21 25 32 46 45 48
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 34 34 36 39 44 44 45


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