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Issue No. 202 - Wednesday, 11th June 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - CAB - Gardeners' Question Time - Open Gardens - Money for Bands in the Park and Ross Live!]
Page 2 [Cider and Blues Night at the Farm great success - Letters]
Page 3 [More Chicken Shed than Zeppelin - JKHS New Zealand - Castle Dance - Women of Spirit - C.S. Bliss]

Page 4

[Henry and Cheryl - Hi to USA Friends - Kate Humble - Goodrich - Nature Photography - Buggy Route - Weather]
Page 5 [Praise for Computer Clubbers' art work and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
Congratulations Henry and Cheryl

Congratulations to Henry and Cheryl who were married on Saturday. The couple decided against traditional wedding attire and opted for Indian dress instead. Henry said that he did feel a little guilty about best man, Gabe having to wait alone in Ledbury town centre dressed in Indian attire to welcome the wedding guests.

Apparently the reception was a little different too. There was no head table, just cushions on the floor, lots of great food and the fantastic weather made their day just perfect.

We spoke to the happy couple about their special day and you can see what they had to say in this week's WNTV News programme.

Cheryl and Henry celebrate their wedding at Broome Farm. Ref: DSC_5372

Lighting two heart shaped lanterns to float off in to the night sky. Ref: DSC_0742


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Say Hi to my family and friends in the USA

The shouts of 'God bless America' at Brroome Farm on Friday evening came from American visitor, Mr. Eric Hewlett. Eric, who was celebrating his 30th Birthday in England by enjoying the blues night as well as some real cider, asked us to show his family and friends back home how much he was enjoying himself.

Eric, who was at the farm with twenty of his friends can be seen in the photo below with local friend, Dennis Humble.

I had a great time just filming the gig, Eric, so with the added effect of the cider, I am sure you must have had a fantastic evening, with plenty of stories to relate to your friends and family in full when you arrive back home!

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Mark Eden - car valeting service  based in Symonds Yat East.
Morris Bricknell, Chartered Surveyors, Stroud House, 30, Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 5LE.


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Kate to judge Penterry Photography Competition

Kate Humble.

Kate Humble is taking time in her action packed schedule of TV appearances, including the current series of Springwatch, to help local church fundraisers with a unique photography competition. Volunteers have organized the competition, in conjunction with the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), to raise much-needed funds for the medieval church of St Mary's, Penterry.

Nestling between St Arvans and Tintern the building has a fascinating history standing by the site of a deserted plague village and surrounded by a landscape of hills and forests of the Wye Valley. Celebrating this magical beauty of Penterry and the surrounding area is the theme of the competition and entrants should aim to capture its unique qualities in their photographs.

Prizes generously donated by Tintern photographer Sheryl Long, Chepstow Bookshop, a Gwent Wildlife Trust, the Piercefield, St Arvans as well as cash prizes will be awarded at the Photography Exhibition which will take place at Penterry Church on 13th September.

Kate will be judging the entries alongside, members of the church committee, Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Officer and Sean Carman from Monmouth Photo Centre. The successful entries will also feature on a calendar and be used for promotional purposes for the Church.

Open to everyone with an eye for a good picture, there are two entry categories Over 16 and Under 16. The photos must have been taken within 10 miles of

Penterry Church no earlier than 1st August 2007and can be any aspect of the area, its landscape, wildlife or people. So get snapping away, the competition deadline is 5pm on Thursday, July 31.

Entry forms together with competition rules are available for download from the Wye Valley AONB website or get details from the competition secretary Chris Balmer on 01291 689661 or Nikki Moore Wye Valley AONB Information Officer tel 01600 710846.

Penterry Church.

Primary School Children to Ambush Goodrich Castle

Pupils from Herefordshire primary schools are becoming spies for the day as they seek out ways to ambush Goodrich Castle.

Children from two of the local schools will be investigating the medieval ruin on Wednesday, 11th June as part of the Forbidden dance and heritage project led by Dancefest, the dance agency for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

A donation of 20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has made possible a series of 'Heritage Days' where pupils from across the county will visit the castle to learn more about medieval Britain and the history of Goodrich. The castle, well known for its impenetrable defences, was the site of a Civil War siege and the children are being asked to pretend that they are spies in order to find the best way for an invading army to attack.

The pupils will also take a tour of the ruin with a medieval re-enactor, join in with medieval music and dance and will take part in medieval themed activities such as table laying, shield making and document sealing.

The day will end with the telling of one of Goodrich's most compelling tales, that of Alice Birch and Charles Clifford, two young lovers caught in the Civil War siege who fled the castle in the dead of night on horseback, only to drown in the River Wye.

The Heritage Days form an integral part of Forbidden: A Tale of Love and War, a major dance and heritage project which is bringing together professional arts organizations from across the county. Twenty six school and community groups are working with professional dancers, artists, storytellers, musicians, history specialist and role players, learning about the heritage of Goodrich and celebrating it through creative work, culminating in five performances at the castle between Thursday, 10th and Saturday, 12th July 2008.

Nature Photography

Two local people have sent in photographs of swans with their cygnets this week. Mike Arnison, who sent in last week's photos sent the top two. He said, 'I have just been to Cannop to see how the swans are progressing, the light is a bit harsh for photographing white objects at present and getting parents and all eight cygnets in frame is getting harder. The other image is of a female Mallard and part of her brood'.

Dennis Morgan sent in the bottom photo. He said, 'The photograph of a swan an her four signets was taken on the Rudhall Brook, near to the boat house Friday'. Quite an unusual place to see them, Dennis!

Thank you to yo both for the great photos. I have not had the time of late to get out with the camera and take my own - other than the filming of the bats for last week's TV programme. 'Wyenot' seems to have taken over my life lately and I miss the walks by the river and in the forest.

Launch of Phase One of Ross Buggy Route

Ross ShopMobility, along with Mr. Sam Philips of Ross Ramblers, Mr. Vince Playdon of Herefordshire Council PROW are inviting members of the public to join them in celebratory 'walk' to mark the launch of the Ross Buggy Route on Saturday, 14th June 14th.

The walk will begin at 10am, starting from the picturesque bandstand location near the Riverside and as the walk progresses, Sam will be indicating the many places of scenic and historic interest.

The walk will take the following route:

After leaving the bandstand, participants will amble up Wye Street and across onto High Street before moving onto Church Street where you can admire the beautiful spire of St. Mary's Church, which graces many a postcard of this lovely market town. From Church Street the walk will continue on to The Prospect Gardens with its vista of the meandering River Wye, before returning to the cobbled stones of High Street to the Old Market Place, home of Ross Heritage Centre, which keeps its watch over Broad Street sloping off below.

From the bottom of broad Street, you will briefly join Brookend Street before turning into Red Meadow Car Park, where you will find Ross Swimming Pool, Ross ShopMobility and the Scout and Guide Headquarters. Before crossing the brook, you may like to take a look at Carver Harvey's sculpture which illustrates some of the wildlife one may encounter en route, if lucky enough. The sculpture is fashioned almost entirely by chain saw, from an old Oak Tree.

Continuing the loop takes walkers across Edde Cross Street and onto the Rope Walk, where you can follow the gentle flow of the River Wye to the finishing point back at the bandstand.

The entire route is accessible to pushchairs, buggies, wheelchairs and electrically powered mobility vehicles, the latter of which are available for free loan (on completion of registration details), from ShopMobility.

Booking is advisable, so please telephone 01989 763388, between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

We hope to see you there!

It was a little warm in the Wyenot News Office this week

Actually, it has been Hell in there whilst we have been prepping this week's news. A few weeks ago, we had heaters running and struggled to get the temperature up to 10 degrees. This week we have been struggling to keep it below 37. This photo was taken on Monday afternoon at around 5 pm, believe it or not, after the temperature had fallen. It did reach 37 and was humid with it. I had to take a break mid afternoon on both Monday and Tuesday to sit in a cold bath and cool down.

The computer network has not enjoyed the heat in the office either. It crashed on me three times on Tuesday, the main computer showing the dreaded 'blue screen of death'. I do enjoy the sunny weather but it has not been at all pleasant, prepping this week's news!

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings
Figures for week commencing Monday, 2nd June 2008
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 0 0 10.5 7.6 7.3 12.9 13.4
Rainfall (mm) 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (inches) .12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maximum Temperature (C) 20 16 20 20 20 21 25
Maximum Temperature (F) 68 61 68 68 68 70 77
Minimum Temperature (C) 13 6 7 11 9 7 9
Minimum Temperature (F) 55 43 45 52 48 45 48
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 63 61 59 63 61 61 64


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