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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 228 - Wednesday, 17th December 2008
NEWS - Alan Weston - Letter - Have you seen Holly? - Your opinion
- Oops - Tree - Carols - Car crash]
retires - Youth Forum - Xmas presence - Vanessa Brann - Ross Lions
- WyeTots - Jiveoholics - The End]
- Mike Arnison's photos - Bransford EOC - Wildlife - Stay safe and
healthy - River levels - Astronomy]
Crew - Lights - Netball team - Planning - EnviroAbility - Plan for
real - Flu Advice - Weather station]
Hill now even safer and the rest of the news from around the region]
A Sad Goodbye to a Good Friend - But
27th February 1956 - 10th December 2008
is with deep sorrow that we have to say goodbye to Alan
Weston, who passed away suddenly last Wednesday morning.
Alan, who was known and loved by many in Ross was one of
those always happy people, who enjoyed life and would do
anything to help anybody. Alan had been one of my closest
local friends since 1976, when I first came to Ross.
was born in Ross and was a car mechanic by trade, working
at Nelson's Garage, Walford when I first met him. He also
worked evenings at the Hope & Anchor, in the famous
Potters Bar where, along with Andy Ward and many others,
he and I had lots of fun together. One thing which immediately
springs to my mind about Alan at that time was the tee shirt
he often wore behind the bar. 'So many women! So little
time!' read the bold statement on its front.
was inspirational in helping me to arrange the recent Potters
Bar Reunion Party and was due to attend. He had planned
to get tongues wagging at the party by arriving with his
girlfriend of the time and first wife, Gill. Alan leaves
behind his wife, Carol, who of course gave her full blessing
to this planned joke. Unfortunately, Alan became ill just
weeks prior to the event and was unable to make it on the
night - something which deeply upset him because he was
really looking forward to seeing all of his old friends
again. Gill said to him, 'Never mind, Alan. There will be
another one.' But alas.
and I did both grow up - eventually. I became involved with
'Wyenot' and Alan became a Ross Town Councillor. Flying
was one of Alan's passions and he took up hot air ballooning
with friends, Rob Little, Nigel Gaudion and Ian Ashpole.
He also built and flew model aircraft and enjoyed playing
years ago, Alan and his wife, Carol moved away from Ross,
to Hundleton in Pembrokeshire. We kept in touch occasionally
on the telephone and many people often enquired as to his
well-being. He enjoyed the quieter lifestyle there and made
new friends, although he did not enjoy particularly good
health. He and Carol returned to Ross recently to attend
Gill's 50th birthday party and we met up again for the first
time in three years. Other than that his medication had
caused him to put on weight, Alan had not changed one iota!
His sense of humour had not faded in the least. We had a
great time, sitting in the garden and catching up on old
times and with old friends.
suggested that I use the photo of the two of us together
at that party to go with this tribute. I also however took
the top photo on the same occasion, which I don't think
she or Alan's wife, Carol had seen, so I have shown that
one at the top.
we will all miss you very much and all of our thoughts are
very much with Carol.
funeral service will take place this coming Friday with
a cremation at Narberth Crematorium at 11.30. His ashes
will be brought home to Ross and a small memorial service
will be held at a date to be arranged in January.
those who would like to attend Alan's funeral service but
do not know Pembrokeshire, The crematorium post code is
SA678UD and the telephone number is 01833 4861 309.
Colin Davies' Letter 'A Tribute to Alan'
was very sorry to hear of the sad passing of Alan Weston,
on Wednesday last. I know he was a great friend of yours
during days gone by, and also as one of the icons of 'The
Potter's Bar'. I remember him from his days on the spanners
at Nelson's Garage, Walford, prior to his days when he founded
Autocare Mobile, and then setting up on the Alton Industrial
Estate in Ross-on-Wye. I also remember when he got his Air
Balloon Licence, and could often be seen hovering over the
though he left the area some year's ago, I'm sure quite
a few people will remember him, and for the excellent service
he gave to the local motoring community whilst at the garage.
be with you Alan 'Autocare' and make sure those pearly gates
are well oiled when you pass through.
(Colin's Tyrecare Ross).
Missing Person: Have you seen Holly in or around Ross?
Police in Caerphilly are appealing for information regarding
16 year old Holly Hughes who has been missing from her Gruffydd
Drive address in Caerphilly since the morning of Thursday
is described as 5 foot 4 inches tall and of a medium build.
she was last seen she was wearing navy school trousers,
a grey McKenzie jacket and carrying a large white bag. She
has brown hair, green eyes and a fresh complexion. She may
be in possession of a pair of blue jeans.
is believed Holly may be in the Ross-on-Wye area.
Holly is considered vulnerable because of her age and if
any one knows of her whereabouts they are asked to call
Gwent Police on 01633 838111.
WE REALLY NEED YOUR OPINION PLEASE
I spent Sunday of this week building a new trial system
for publishing 'Wyenot News'. The fact is that, although
this past couple of weeks have been relatively quiet from
a local news point of view, Tina and I really struggle to
meet the Wednesday deadline every week, often working all
day until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning on Mondays and Tuesdays
to get the news out. This is beginning to have a knock on
effect on our health and I have been trying to think of
a way round this. A way which will both make life a little
easier for us, yet not detract from the news outlet. Hopefully,
improve it in fact.
we have started unscripted busking of the in between bits,
the WNTV weekly television programme has become relatively
simple to put together, compared with the rest of the written
and photographic news, so we would still publish this as
normal, on Wednesdays.
thoughts are that, instead of publishing on Wednesdays,
we start publishing as and when an event takes place
and as the news happens, or as soon afterwards as
possible, using THIS
SYSTEM (click for a test example of the new layout to
open in a separate window). Not exactly daily but quite
literally, as soon as we receive or cover the news or as
soon afterwards as possible. (Sometimes, I am shopping or
otherwise busy when the news emails arrive.)
that, in the example, I have also increased the width of
the usable page to 1000 pixels. When I first designed 'Wyenot',
most users were using 800 x 600 pixel screen resolution
but technology has improved greatly since those days and
most use at least 1000 pixels wide. I cannot possibly go
back and change all the thousands of old pages on 'Wyenot',
so they will remain at their current 760 pixel width. I
need to know how many readers this new size does not work
am still not 100% settled on the above front page example
being the final layout, but it is somewhere near. Headline
style links to the most recent news items (each item appearing
on its own individual page) would appear at the top of the
news index page. As this page fills to the area of the bottom
supporter's ads, (which would happen almost immediately)
older news items would move to the 'recent news, back news
and news archive' page.
advantage of the new system to readers is obviously,
that you will be able to log on more frequently and will
not have to wait until Wednesday to find out, for example,
that the commotion was because little Johnnie got his head
stuck in the park railings. It would also have a big advantage
to the police and those affected if we were to immediately
publish details of crime and missing person requests for
it really is important that you let us know your opinion
on the new system either way by emailing email@example.com.
Let us know what you think, even if it
is just a one word, 'yes' or 'no' email. I will go along
with the majority as to whether or not I make the change.
I hope you do not think this rude but I will not be able
to reply to emails answering this question as I simply do
not have any time to do so - neither will I store your information
in any shape or form (I am 1million percent against spam).
If I do change the format of 'Wyenot News' , I will start
the New Year with the new
flower delivery lorry misjudged the turning from Gloucester
Road into Broad Street this evening (Tuesday) and got stuck,
blocking the road. Having received a call, I attended the
scene to take the photos below. Some posts had been damaged
and with the lorry unable to move for fear of damaging the
shop fronts, I left to finish this week's news with the
driver and local police waiting for assistance to arrive.
AND WAYNE WILLIAMS
ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS
Mobile: 07800 518353
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AND GENERAL BUILDERS
types of plastering work undertaken
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Stonework - Floor Laying - Roofing
Paul on 01989 564112
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Steve on 07971 535064
The Last Tree Planting at Deanhill Park
special tree planting took place at Deanhill Park on Tuesday,
in memory of the last Master and Mistress of the Work House,
Rex and Gertie Roff, who were in charge between 1923 and
1952. The workhouse later became Deanhill Hospital and is
where Ross Community Hospital stands today.
tree, a Prunus Autumn Flowering Cherry will be the last
to be planted at the park which stands opposite the site
of the old work house. Mrs. Joan Robbins, daughter of the
Roffs performed the planting ceremony, watched by her daughter,
Sue Purrington. Also present was Mrs. Jean Bryant, who said
that she remembered from when she was six years old and
waiting outside the maternity wing whilst her mother gave
birth to siblings, Mrs. Roff had always been very kind to
her, saying that any minute now she would have a baby sister
special guest was Dr. John Powell, author of the book 'Hard
Times in Herefordshire.' Mrs Robbins was looking at it and
exclaimed, proudly, 'Oh look! There's a picture of my mother
and father in here!'
was lovely to see Margaret Lucas representing Ross-in-Bloom
as Chairman, with husband Councillor Gordon Lucas. Councillor
Anne Gary was also present, along with Andrew Tomkinson
of Herefordshire Council's Parks and Countryside department,
who funded the cost of the planting, and Phil Pankhurst
and Kyle Waring of Amey, who prepared everything for the
Left to Right are: Jean Bryant, Dr. Powell, Joan Robbins, Councillor
Anne Gray, Phil Pankhurst,
Councillor Gordon Lucas, Margaret Lucas, Sue Purrington and Andrew
Tomkinson. Ref: DSC_8500
Fund Raising Carols at Orles Barn
Barn last Wednesday were greeted with wonderful mulled
wine, delicious mince pies and a host of favourite carols,
beautifully sung by Ross Choristers. The singers were all
dressed up in Edwardian costume and encouraged the audience
to join in, which most of them did.
of Orles Barn, Richard and Kelly Bailey organized the event
to raise funds for two charities; Cancer Research and childrens
charity Winston's Wish and a handsome £370 was raised
at the event.
Ross Choristers before the performance began. Ref: DSC_8437
The audience really enjoyed the singing and were happy to join in.
Man Seriously Injured in Crash at Peterstow
are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a car
crash on the A49 near Peterstow, left a passenger hospitalized
in a serious condition.
collision occurred at 3.53am on Saturday, 13th December
2008 when a red Ford Focus travelling South towards Ross
was in collision with a white Peugeot 306 travelling towards
Hereford. The passenger in the rear near side of the Ford
sustained life-threatening head injuries. He was taken to
hospital at Hereford, then subsequently transferred to Selly
Oak Hospital, Birmingham, where his condition is reported
driver of the Ford and his rear offside passenger received
minor injuries. The front seat passenger of the Ford and
the driver of the Peugeot were uninjured.
are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the
collision or saw either vehicle being driven along the A49
immediately prior to the crash.
with information should contact PC Richard Pearce of the
Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333
and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White
Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated
right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion
is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and
is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion
has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people
and tourists alike.
White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right
down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy
views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local
otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.
served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant
Good Beer Guide 2008
WYENOT NEWS DEADLINE
absolute deadline for Wyenot News stories and other items
is 12:00, midday on Tuesday, for inclusion in the following
This is an absolute deadline and not the time
I am asking for articles to be sent in. Mondays and Tuesdays
here at 'Wyenot News' are Hell with by far, the most events
I cover occurring at the weekend. The photography that the
public sees happening is only one tiny part of the whole
picture (please excuse the pun) of running this weekly news
publication and the bits of prep that people do not see,
are actually the most time consuming part of getting the
at all possible, please send your story in as early as you
can, rather than wait until the very last minute, so that
I can have at least a fighting chance of getting to bed
before 3:00 am every Tuesday and Wednesday morning after
what has lately become two 18 hour working days on the trot.
you very much for your understanding and help.
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
is no charge for publishing NEWS items - a small discretionary
charge may be made to cover travel expenses for photographic
coverage of events
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