place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 197 - Wednesday, 7th May 2008
NEWS - Making sure the sun continues to rise on May Hill]
changes to Wyenot - Launching the 'Friends of St. Mary's' appeal
from the tower - Jamstand Update]
at the Prince - The Banned rock John Kyrle - Happy Birthday Boys
- Wilton Castle - Local Planning]
Nappy Week - Letters - Opera Gala - Ross Rowing Club win at Evesham
dies and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
Changes to Wyenot
have made some small changes to Wyenot as a whole over the
past week or so. These changes are necessary to ensure the
future of 'Wyenot News, WNTV - and, more importantly, the
tourist attracting properties of 'Wyenot' as a whole. Wyenot
may be doing much better financially than it was a year
ago but it needs a lot more more financial support.
changes will NOT impact upon users who already support us
by advertising their business on 'Wyenot' in any way - other
than perhaps that the new layout of business pages such
as the ACCOMMODATION,
and LOCAL BUSINESS pages
might be even more successful for them.
hope that I have made it more obvious on these pages how
to get listed and support Wyenot
as we still need to increase support from local business
sponsors. I have also introduced a 'pay monthly' option
for the extremely successful full page ads. The return benefits
for supporting Wyenot are pretty amazing, as those who have
sent in testimonials will
certainly be willing to tell you.
equivalent services in neighbouring towns, which have MAJOR
funding behind them, Wyenot News and WNTV have never been
able to obtain any grants. This is the problem with being
the pioneer and therefore an existing private enterprise
- people copy your ideas and are able apply for funding
for a 'NEW' way of attracting tourism.
changes involve introducing a very small charge - only to
those who do not already support 'Wyenot' financially -
who wish to have events publicized on our extremely successful
'WHAT'S ON?' page. This is
very necessary. The 'What's On?' page has been totally free
to use for eight years and works very well but I am afraid
that I can no longer afford to keep it free. Advertising
events on the page will still be free for events which benefit
the community as a whole. I need to start making a small
charge though for those who wish to advertise events which
only benefit their own business or cause - however worthy
it may be.
charge will only be £5.00 per event (£10 if
you include a photo), which is excellent value because our
'WHAT'S ON?' page has a far
bigger reach and is generally better value than a single
line of text 'date and event' only in the local paper, for
which a charge is made every 4 weeks.
those who specifically ask me to cover an event for 'Wyenot
News' which involves travelling - I am afraid that I need
to think about asking for at least my travel expenses to
be covered. It costs me personally a lot of money travelling
to publicize local events. With rapidly rising fuel costs,
I simply cannot continue to fund travel expenses from my
90% of the work we do - long hours in the office and out
covering events, we still don't get paid for. When we cover
an event for 'Wyenot News', we usually end up spending money
rather than earning it and I need reverse this situation
so that one day I can retire and pass 'Wyenot' on. Both
Tina and I are beginning to feel the 'all work and no pleasure'
impacting upon our health. Where we both enjoy covering
most events it can get very tiring and, rather than look
forward to 5 o'clock at the end of the working day, I personally
look forward to 2.30 in the morning on Mondays and Tuesdays,
or the pub closing on Saturdays, so that I can get to bed.
hope that you will understand that these changes are really
very necessary, and that I am not just being greedy. I am
not a financially motivated or materialistic person. I spend
virtually all of my life running this whole 'Wyenot' package
from a wooden shed rather than an office, with 99% of the
work I do covering events and editing both Wyenot News and
WNTV News totally unpaid.
I just need to be able to provide myself with enough income
that Wyenot will still be here, working for Ross for years
the 'Friends of St Mary's' (appeal) from the Tower
official public launch of 'The Friends of St Mary's' took
place in and around St Mary's Church on Sunday, beginning
with a service in which the work of the trustees of the
new charity was dedicated. The service was attended by a
congregation of around 120. The
address was given by the charity's patron, Sir Roy Strong.
Sir Roy is a well known figure both locally and nationally
not least for his views on the need for church buildings
to become fully available for wider use by the whole community
and this was the subject of his address.
reception took place in the churchyard afterwards, heralded
by May Day carols sung from the tower by the church choir,
Ross Town Band provided musical entertainment and the Bank
Holiday rain managed to hold off for the duration of a most
expecting the choir to be singing from the tower of St.
Mary's, I went along to film them. This was the second job
this week which told me how unfit I have become with age.
Lugging two bags of equipment, I did eventually make it
up the very dangerous winding steps to the top - breathless
and heart pounding within my rib cage. Whilst up there I
also took in the panorama on film, which can be watched
in this week's WNTV
. . .
of St. Mary's; Fiona Turner, Sarah Jones, Mark Sanderson, Jesse
Norman, Gordon Lucas, Sir Roy Strong,
Peter Thacker,Tim Waters and Mayor, Derek Bedford. Ref: DSC_5107
'The Friends of St Mary's'
Friends of St Mary's' has been formed to help with the realisation
of the Parochial Church Council's exciting and bold vision
of a church building properly restored and reordered to
enable it to be used for a whole new range of purposes by
the whole town community. Broadly this will involve three
- Major work needs to be carried out on the tower and
spire within the next year. This work will cost in the
region of £200,000. Of this around half is already secured.
- A new purpose built hall is to be built, attached to
the church building. This will replace the present St
Mary's Hall on the other side of the churchyard and as
well as replacing this aged resource will also provide
the church building itself with toilet and kitchen facilities
as well as disabled access. This is currently costed at
around £800,000. Again, half of this is already promised.
- Once the above work has been accomplished, the third
phase will be to reorder the interior of the church itself
to create a flexible space that supports a greater range
of activities. Much consultation with all stake holders
needs to take place before an accurate costing for this
can be possible.
Friends' is keen to enlist the support of the whole community
in its work. Leaflets detailing membership options will
soon be delivered to all homes in Ross. They can also be
found in church, at the Market House or on line at www.stmarysfriends.org.
Additionally, if you have any ideas for fundraising or would
like to help please contact the Friends on 01989 565386
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
the ground. Ref: DSC_0649
Town Band keep visitors entertained. Ref: DSC_0647
east from the 'Launch Tower'. Ref: DSC_0640
West. Ref: DSC_0643
town from St. Mary's Tower. Ref: DSC_0646
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Developments for Jamstand 2008
of you who watch WNTV News last week may remember our interview
with Jack Baldus and other members of the Jamstand 2008
team. If you didn't see it you probably won't have heard
the latest news. On Saturday, 26th July, there will be not
one, but two stages down at the bandstand where visitors
will be entertained by the best of local musicians. Over
twenty bands have been booked for the main stage and the
Courtyard Theatre and Music Pool have offered assistance
by providing the second stage, improving the logistics of
such a mammoth event.
Music Pool and the Courtyard encourage young musicians to
develop their skills and help to provide facilities to show
case themselves. The recent Grounded concert at the Phoenix
Theatre was a great example of this work. The young people
involved with 'Grounded' will also be performing at Jamstand,
so you can also look forward to hearing the popular 'Controversial
Minds', Bekki and Shaun, The Sunshine Soul Singers and many
more, as well as the great line up that Jack and friends
have already organized. It is hoped to incorporate a skating
competition at Ross Skate Park at the same time.
Jack mentioned during our interview, there is going to be
a variety of stalls at the event, but there is room for
a few more. If you would like to have a stall at the Jamstand
event, please email Jack at email@example.com. He
will be delighted to hear from you..
YOU HAVE A STORY FOR WYENOT NEWS?
you have a local news item or story you can submit
call Alan or Tina on 01989 763217
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