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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 198 - Wednesday, 14th May 2008
NEWS - Councillor John Davies is the new Mayor - June Swallow is
Citizen of the Year - Free Parking]
walk around Wilton - Flint knapping - Detective Craig finds his
scooter - For sale - Improving Wyenot]
wall - Tunnelling - School reunion - Lions honoured - 150 years
at Whitchurch - Summer programme]
Vine Tree - Letters - Guided walk - Goodrich music - Cash prizes
- Llangarron gardens - Weather Station]
tribute to Kieran Powell and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
Walk Around Wilton a Success
Saturday evening a small group of people set off on a walk
around Wilton in search of bats. The walk was organized
by Ross Wild Connections in association with Herefordshire
Bat Conservation Trust.
News managed a brief chat with organizers Jessica Blake
and Rebecca Collins before they set off with their bat detectors.
We caught up with the group about an hour and a half later
to find out how their search had gone.
can find out more about the walk in this week's WNTV News
the group set off in search of bats at Wilton car park. Ref: DSC_5118
the bats by their frequency on the bat detectors. Ref: DSC_0670
demonstrates his flint knapping skills
Knapper Karl Lee gave a great demonstration of his skills
at Ross Heritage Centre on Saturday morning, showing how
flint tools used to be made. Starting off with a large flint
stone Karl began chipping away until sharp fine edges were
achieved to make a knife blade, amongst other items. Karl
has been flint knapping for seventeen years and makes the
work look so easy. Apparently when he invited his audience
to have a go themselves, however, they found it wasn't quite
as easy as it looked. We were reliably informed that one
of the best efforts was that of Emily White, aged nine.
by the way is quite a dab hand at making important finds.
She has recently, for the second time, been awarded the
'Best Artefact' award by Hereford Metal Detecting Club for
some finds she made whilst field walking. Emily wasn't using
any equipment other than her eyes when she made the finds.
The artefacts have been dated to the Mesolithic period and
have been recorded by the British Museum.
can see further coverage of this event in this week's WNTV
Lee shows of his flint knapping skills at Ross Heritage Centre on
Saturday. Ref: DSC_5026
holds up a flint arrowhead.Ref: DSC_5031
Finder of the Year, Emily White with her dad on Saturday. Ref: DSC_5036
excellent examples of real flint finds. Ref: DSC_0664
talks to Tina for WNTV News. Ref: DSC_0663
does his own detective work to find his stolen scooter
Local reader, Craig Morgan attended his school prom on Friday,
9th May, leaving his scooter in the rear car park, off Tudor
Street at the back of his home. The following day at 9:30
he noticed that his scooter was missing, reported it to
the police and asked neighbours if they had seen or heard
police telephoned Craig on Saturday afternoon to say that
a resident in Corinium Close had found a tax disc belonging
to his scooter in their garden.
evening found Craig in the Prince of Wales where the theft
was mentioned to a friend. His friend asked if it was a
Peugeot and on confirming that it was, Craig was told that
it was in Purland Field and that it was burnt out. It had
been seen there at approximately 6am Saturday.
Craig went along to the field and took some photographs
(one of which can be seen below) and telephoned the police.
This was at approximately 7:30pm. The police operator explained
that there were only two police officers covering Ross and
that they would get someone out as soon as possible.
following day Craig was informed that the police and the
recovery firm had not attended the scene until midnight.
Meanwhile, having followed their own enquiries amongst local
residents during the morning, Craig found out that two local
children residing in Tudorville had been involved. On telephoning
the police to give them this information, he was told that
the police were very busy dealing with other incidents and
that it would be two to three days before they could begin
to follow up the information on the boys in question. The
boys in question had been seen loitering at the end of Tudor
Street at 2am on the Saturday. Craig was told that the scooter
had been taken by the boys to an address in Purland where
a screwdriver had been used to open a compartment under
the seat where a pair of gloves, a helmet cover and tax
disc were kept. These items were later seen in the hedgerow
of the same property in Purland along with the screwdriver.
It is thought that the two boys had attempted to start the
scooter but on having failed had taken it to Purland Field
to burn the evidence.
of the evidence gathered was passed on to the police on
the afternoon of Sunday, 11th May. When Craig asked what
would happen to the boys if they were found guilty, he was
told, 'Probably a slap on the wrist.'
feel that the amount of phone calls and running around that
has been done, that I have done the police's job for them,'
said Craig. 'I have told them my feelings.'
burnt out remains of Craig's scooter
Cruiser electric guitar.
condition - £40
Improving 'Wyenot' - Did it really look like that?
has been running for eight years this month - I started
to build it in May 2000 and contrary to popular belief,
I do not just take photos and film stuff then send it to
some magic service which puts it out for me. Every single
aspect of 'Wyenot.com', including the website itself, the
news and the television service is all my own design. I
built it completely from scratch. When I first started,
I even hand built the computers on which to develop the
the possible exception of our kids on occasions, people
tend to learn from experience and this is what has happened
to me with the 'Wyenot' design over the years. (God knows
how many bikes the kids have had stolen from the garden
and they still forget to lock them up.)
did get the basic format right from the very start. The
time I spent experimenting to achieve that was time extremely
well spent because technically, 'Wyenot' has been the biggest
achievement I have ever accomplished. It hit the major search
engine rankings immediately in the number one slot for almost
everything 'ross on wye' related and has pretty much remained
the same since its first week live, back in December 2000.
. . .
old page style.
have made cosmetic changes every now and again however
and this is the topic of this article. It all began when
somebody called me over whilst I was dropping Tina at work
last Friday evening. 'I had half an hour to spare at work
this week and spent it looking through your archive,' he
said. 'It is amazing how much 'Wyenot' has got better over
never really get to look back myself. With the amount of
work involved with the every day news stuff - building new
pages, filming, photographing and editing - I just don't
have the time. Other than a 'Facebook' account I set up
recently to keep touch with my friends and family, believe
it or not, I am probably the most general internet illiterate
person around. I had to get my brother to talk me through
the 'Facebook' thing. (But I do learn quickly and you can
'add' me if you like - email@example.com)
know the techy, nerdy, programming stuff very well indeed.
That comes naturally to me and I don't even have to think
too hard to solve computer problems. As for the everyday
internet stuff though. I haven't a clue as to how to sell
a record collection on Ebay or book an air ticket on-line.
That stuff totally baffles me - mainly due to the over busy
layout of that type of web site.
the conversation I had about the archive pages on Wyenot
made me look back myself over the weekend. You know how
it is when you see a cine film or here a voice recording
of yourself, playing cowboys and Indians when you were nine
or something and you want to cringe - 'surely I wasn't really
like that!' Looking at the early pages of 'Wyenot' did that
to me and I needed to do something about it.
. . .
new page style.
most of Ross were out enjoying the sunshine on Sunday, I
spent 12 hours, sweating like a pig in my office, updating
the look of the early 'Wyenot' pages. Not changing the content
- just presenting it in what I think is the altogether better
looking more recent layout. I got about a hundredth of the
way through the 6,000 plus pages in that time, completing
all of the 'Photographic Map' pages and many of the 'Places
of Interest' and 'Archive' pages. I will work on the rest
over the coming months.
also added the complete set of 'link' buttons to these pages.
This will help advertisers in a big way! When I first
built 'Wyenot' I had no idea just how popular it would become
- and how many people would 'go in via the back door'. People
searching for 'Llangrove' on Google for example end up at
the 'Llangrove' page on 'Wyenot'. Those who are not that
observant then think that the 'Llangrove' page is the only
one available. Once
I have adapted every page to the new layout, people will
be able to see immediately, from every page of Wyenot that
there is accommodation available and there are pubs and
shops and ordinary business people active in the local area.
am pretty confident that these changes will improve the
already amazingly successful tourism and business advertising
properties of 'Wyenot' even more. I hope you like the look
of them too.
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