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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 227 - Wednesday, 10th December 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Merlin's Assistant Director - Wildlife Walk - Weather Coincidence - Lions Pool Table - Burns Night - Lions Art Department - Sir Bernard Lovell - Bamford Trading Record - Letter - River Wye - Cards for Good Causes]
Page 2 [Santa Coming - The Krunch - Special Offers - Christmas Lunch - Astronomy - Nature and Wildlife Photos - Menus]
Page 3 [Good Samaritan - A walk along Three Crosses Road - Cantilupe Cafe Lights - Chlamydia - Rugby - Weather]

Page 4

[Golden Valley Cops The Snow and the rest of the news from around the region]
Santa Claus is Definitely Coming to Town

In last week's issue of Wyenot News I informed readers that Santa would be visiting Morrisons on Sunday, 7th December, to raise some much needed funds so that each child in Ross could be given a present when Santa returns to the town on Saturday, 20th December. I apologize if you were disappointed that you didn't see him. I misheard what Santa actually told me, that his Christmas Carnival Committee friends would be collecting on that day! Duh!

However, after ticking me off and threatening not to leave me any presents, Santa told me that he will be visiting The Maltings precinct this coming Saturday, 13th December. So, if you would like to see him, or would like to help by donating something towards the huge cost of giving every child in town a pre Christmas present, Santa will be there from around 10am.

If you do happen to see him, please spare a thought for the work he is doing and who he is doing it for...

Thank you.

The Krunch at the Prince of Wales

The entertainment at the Prince of Wales on Saturday evening was provided by newly formed, local band The Krunch and they were excellent. Everybody was soon up on the floor dancing and yelling out for more as Paul Randell, Tigger, Jenn and Terry brilliantly performed lots of favourite covers music.

Those who couldn't make it to the Prince on Saturday will be pleased to know that The Krunch will be performing this coming Saturday evening at The Barrel Inn, Brookend Street. I'm looking forward to it already.

A great night's entertainment from Jenn on bass, Terry on drums, front man Paul and guitarist Tigger. Ref: DSC_8386

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the music of The Krunch. Ref: DSC_8396

Special Offers on Christmas and Winter Breaks

If you are looking for somewhere to hold a Christmas party, or dine out on Christmas day, or maybe thinking of getting away from home this Christmas, you may find some of the offers below very useful.

The Royal Lodge at Symonds Yat East has an excellent range of packages currently available. For instance a 3 night Christmas package, from the evening of 24th December to the morning of 27th Decemberhas now been reduced from £339 per person to £299. An absolute bargain. There are still a few places available for Christmas Day lunch and there are single night (£135 per person) and two night (£195 per person) deals available for New Year. The menus are available to view on the Christmas Menus page in this issue of Wyenot news.

If you are holding a party and don't want to go home, you and your friends are welcome to book in for a night's bed and breakfast for a emre £35 per person, Normal cost £40.

Norton House are currently offering 'a candle-light dinner with family and friends. Have Norton House to yourselves for two nights for 190.00 per couple, includes two nights B&B and a 3course meal on one night' Click on to their web site for further details. (Offer not applicable between 24th December and 2nd January, inclusive)

From Boxing Day, Judy from the White House is offering a three nights for the price of two package. Telephone Judy for further details.


The White House Guest House, Ross-on-Wye. Anchor Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Ross-on-Wye.


All types of plastering work undertaken
Clean and Tidy - Free Quotes

Telephone: 01989 763441
Mobile: 07810 174670


Extensions - Renovations - Brickwork
Stonework - Floor Laying - Roofing

Telephone Paul on 01989 564112
Mobile 07812 564112
Steve on 07971 535064

Old Court Hotel,  Symonds Yat.
Old Court Cottage  - Self Catering at Symonds Yat.
Christmas Day Lunch at the White Lion

Due to the huge success of last year's event, the Christmas Day Lunch at the White Lion, Wilton had been fully booked from the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances four people have had to cancel their places, so if you are still trying to get in somewhere for lunch on Christmas Day, try the telephoning the White Lion, SOON, and you may be lucky enough to get in.

The Christmas Lunch costs £45 per head and is absolutely fabulous. You can enjoy your lunch in a lovely Christmas atmosphere, with a delicious glass of Christmas cheer and great company.

If you would like to try and book a place telephone Jacqui or Dave Newman on 01989 562785 as soon as you can.

Astronomy and Space

Double the Rubble

The artist's impression below shows the closest known planetary system to our own, Epsilon Eridani. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the system hosts two asteroid belts, in addition to previously identified candidate planets and an outer comet ring. Epsilon Eridani is located about 10 light-years away in the constellation Eridanus and is visible in the night skies with the naked eye.

Astronomers think that each of Epsilon Eridani's asteroid belts could have a planet orbiting just outside it, shepherding its rocky debris into a ring in the same way that Jupiter helps keep our asteroid belt confined. The planet near the inner belt was previously identified in 2000 via the radial velocity, or 'star wobble,' technique, while the planet near the outer belt was inferred when Spitzer discovered the belt.

The inner belt orbits at a distance of about 3 astronomical units from its star, or about the same position as the asteroid belt in our own solar system. An astronomical unit is the distance between Earth and our sun - 93 million miles.

The second asteroid belt lies at about 20 astronomical units from the star, or a position comparable to Uranus in our solar system. The outer comet ring orbits from 35 to 90 astronomical units from the star; our solar system's analogous Kuiper Belt extends from about 30 to 50 astronomical units from the sun.

The Asteroid belt around Epsilon Eridani. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

A Vivid View

More than four centuries after the brilliant star explosion witnessed by Tycho Brahe and other astronomers of the era, NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space observatories and the Calar Alto observatory in Spain captured this image of the supernova remnant. This composite image combines infrared and X-ray observations.

The explosion left a blazing hot cloud of expanding debris (green and yellow). The location of the blast's outer shock wave can be seen as a blue sphere of ultra-energetic electrons. Newly synthesized dust in the ejected material and heated pre-existing dust from the area around the supernova radiate at infrared wavelengths of 24 microns (red). Foreground and background stars in the image are white.

The stellar explosion witnessed by Tycho Brahe. Image: MPIA/NASA/Calar Alto Observatory.

Preparing for the Journey

United Space Alliance technicians at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center monitor the positioning of a work stand as it is carefully moved into position around the main engines of space shuttle Endeavour during preparations for its ferry flight to Kennedy Space Center.

Space Shuttle Endeavour being prepared for its journey home. Image: NASA/Tony Landis.

Mike Arnison's Forest View

Thank you to Mike for this beautiful view of Cannop Stream, which looks like a scene from a fairy tale. Mike has been away on holiday but has just returned and so will, I am sure, be taking some more stunning local views.

Some of Mike's work s now on sale at Beechenhurst Visitor Centre, near Speech House, so if you would like to purchase a framed print, that is the place to go.

(Mike, I'm pretty sure I have published the other one you sent before, maybe whilst you were away, so I just ran the one this week.)

Cannop Stream by Mike Arnison.

Deer at Welsh Bicknor

Following my visit to the Forest of Dean with Mike Arnison to film deer a month ago, Mike Barnard told me about the deer which occupy the grounds around Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel, where he works. Mike Barnard took the two photos below last week.

I will be making a visit to Welsh Bicknor as soon as time allows with Mike, to attempt to film the wild deer.

Deer at Welsh Bicknor, photographed by Mike Barnard.



Are you looking for somewhere to enjoy a Christmas Meal with your family or for somewhere to hold your annual company Christmas Dinner?

Over the coming weeks, Wyenot News will be making menus from local restaurants available to view on-line or print.

Click the links below to view menus available so far in a separate window (close window when finished). Links are placed in order of when received. This article will be repeated with a different 'Winter' photo weekly until Christmas:



If you advertise with and would like your restaurant's Christmas menu available to view on-line here, please post a copy to: Wyenot News, 1, Hillview Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 7EY.

This is a free service - available ONLY to restaurants / pub owners who currently
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The River Wye at Ross in December 2004.


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