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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 222 - Wednesday, 29th October 2008
NEWS - Lenny Alsop Tells Stories - Bridge is Flavours Restaurant
of Year - Rainbows - O'Kane - YMCA]
- Planning for real - Mike Arnison's Nature - Anti Bullying Charter
- Rev. Tony Kelk Retires]
- Thank You - Cards - Energy - Team Read - Sam and Marcus - Menus
- Rugby - Weather]
Leak at Aylestone Hill and the rest of the news from around the
My Astrophotography (and campaign for darker skies)
In this week's WNTV programme, I have run a short item explaining
how photographing the stars is accomplished. (Well at least
- how I try to accomplish the task.) Below are roughly processed
images from the two filmed photographic sessions - one last
Wednesday from home, the other, the following Monday from
the relatively darker skies as seen from Ross Sports Centre
first image is of the Orion Nebula and was taken on Monday.
At a distance of 1,500 light years, the Orion Nebula is
2.5 light years across and is a place where over 700 new
stars (or suns) and planets are still forming from the stellar
gas. What you see is a glimpse back in time. The light from
this nebula may have reached my camera on Monday, but it
set out on its journey towards Earth in or around the year
you have really good eyesight, this area is just visible
to the naked eye in the constellation of Orion - it is in
the hunter's sword. The second photo is one I took of the
whole constellation a few years ago. The long exposure shows
just how much light pollution sodium lights cause, in a
sky which appears totally black to the naked eye!
. . .
Orion Nebula (M42). Nikon DSLR at prime focus of 8 inch Schmidt
2000mm focal length at f10, 1600 ISO - 4 x 30 second exposures,
photograph of the whole constellation of Orion which I took from
Foy back in December 2004, through the light pollution caused by
the distant 'Somerfield Depot' area. The nebula can be seen (just)
in this picture as a fuzzy patch in the sword.
Council and developers, please take note of this second
photo and start using those lights with shields, which
direct the light towards the ground. Pretty as the photo
may look as a nightscape, when you consider that it was
taken from Foy Bridge and how dark it appears if you are
there after 'dark', it just goes to show how much light
pollution is caused by sodium lights. Our 'Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty' is one of the few areas in the country which
still has relatively dark skies, though far fewer stars
are visible in the night sky now, compared with when I first
came to Ross in 1976!
third image is of the gas giant planet, Jupiter with two
of its moons, Io on the inside and Europa on the outside.
The other moons were outside the field of view of the imager
but were visible through the eyepiece of the telescope.
forth image is of Gamma Cassiopeia, which is an eruptive
variable star, about 14 times the radius and 15 times the
mass of our sun. It is approximately 610 light years (3,600
million, million miles) distant - a mere stone's throw in
if you ever happen to be space travelling somewhere in the
vicinity of Alpha Centauri (which at a little over 4 light
years distant is our closest neighbour) our sun will appear
in the constellation of Cassiopeia - on the left hand side,
making the distinctive 'W' shape of the constellation into
final image of the planet, Jupiter with two its Gallilean moons,
Io (innermost) and Europa.
Cassiopeia surrounded by some of the smaller stars which are invisible
to the naked eye.
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Planning for Real at Ross Library - Your Views Needed
RoWToP, the Ross Town Plan steering group are currently
holding a series of sessions to which the public are not
only invited, but urged to attend and put their views forward
as to how they would like to see the town develop.
coming Saturday, 1st November another session will be taking
place, this time at Ross Library between 10am and 4pm.
so far have attracted 384 responses, which in a town with
a population of around 10,000 accounts for only a small
percentage of residents. Your views count and it is your
town's future that is being planned for. Why not go along
and have your say?
Mike Arnison's Nature Photos
you to Mike Arnison for sending these fantastic photos of
Deer in the Forest and for the stunning light and shadow,
photo, which was taken whilst on his way to photograph the
said,'I was out in the Forest for about five hours and got
just a couple of decent shots, they hide, just after you
get the tripod down and focus on them. I have had no wild
boar sightings but have seen quite a few deer.'
and I are going into the forest together today (Wednesday)
in an attempt to both photograph and film deer. If we are
successful, I expect there will be another Steve O'Kane
song' on next week's WNTV programme.
Young People to Launch Anti Bullying Charter
Young people from Herefordshire will be launching an anti-bullying
charter at a youth conference organized by young people
and Herefordshire Council this week. Herefordshire
youth council has been working hard on developing a young
person friendly version of the charter. They will be talking
to other young people at the conference to find out how
they feel about bullying and what they would like to see
in the charter.
conference, which takes place on Friday, 31st October at
Hereford Sixth Form College, is a free event for 11 to 19
year olds and has been organized by the Herefordshire Youth
Council, the Shadow Board and Youth Opportunity Fund team
with support from Herefordshire Council's youth service.
Together, they are collaborating on an anti-bullying charter
which is clear and simple to understand across a wide age
charter will be the focus of consultation at the conference
and eventually schools, pupils and youth centres across
the county will be asked to sign up to it. The conference
events have all been organism by young people with support
from the council's youth service. Following a short introduction
from the youth council on the anti bullying charter the
young people attending will have the opportunity to take
part in a variety of workshops which include drama, dance,
music, self defence and art.
the afternoon, the infamous Scary Guy will be running a
session with the young people before they get the chance
to grill council chiefs and MPs on bullying and youth issues
in a half hour question time session. A selection of stalls
promoting services for young people will be open during
the breaks and lunch and there are plans to end the day
with a live performance from a local band.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'We are really proud of our young people. They've
worked incredibly hard with support from the council's youth
service, to put this conference together. Bullying is a
big issue for young people across the country, so we are
delighted to be supporting a young person friendly version
of the anti-bullying charter in Herefordshire.
our youth council have played an instrumental role in writing
this, I feel sure it will become a valuable resource which
will help young people know how to get help if they feel
they are being bullied.'
Reverend Tony Kelk's Last Assembly at Goodrich Primary
Primary School's local vicar, Mr Tony Kelk is retiring from
the local community and took his last assembly at the school
on Wednesday. The event was a special occasion with a presentation.
the photo, some of the children can be seen at the presentation
with Rev. Tony Kelk (back left) and head teacher at Goodrich
Primary, Tony Griffiths.
THE WYENOT NEWS
POTTERS BAR REUNION PARTY 2008!
It has been 3 years since the last Potters Bar Reunion
so we have decided to hold another.
who remember the Potters Bar
and those who would just like an evening of great '70s
Invited to come along on
22nd November at 8.00pm
the The Original Potters Bar
(Now the Hope & Anchor Conservotary)
Juke Box Records! - Football Table! - Meet Old Friends!
Bring all your old photographs!
invite your friends!
scene from the 2004 Wyenot News Potters Bar party. Ref: DSC_6679
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