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Runners complete cancelled half marathon course

The group raised more than £3000 for stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands Credit: Rockets Health & Fitness Club

A 19 strong group of runners ran the Forest of Dean Half Marathon course on Sunday - despite the event being cancelled due to a -9 wind chill and snow.

The group, from Rockets Health & Fitness Club, managed to raise more than £3000 for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Full throttle at the Wyedean Forest Rally

Car enthusiasts from across the region will be treated today Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

Around 180 cars will be raring to go at the annual Wyedean Forest Rally today.

The cars will form a high-speed convoy, making their way from Chepstow to Coleford. The route will utilise the seldom used stages in the Forest of Dean and Lower Wye Valley, offering 44 miles of exciting competition.

The rally will feature many premier cars, including several from the international World Rally Championship class. This year's event marks the 38th Wyedean Forest Rally.

FW Harvey's manuscripts discovered in Gloucestershire

by Ken Goodwin

Letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life of a heroic first world war poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire.

Frederick William Harvey was a solicitor in the Forest of Dean, but his poems about the war became famous.

On Sunday, at the war memorial in Harvey's home village of Yorkley, one of his poems will be read as the last post is sounded, a tradition first started by Harvey himself while he was alive.

The video below shows members of the FW Harvey Society and the Royal British Legion at the war memorial, listening to a reading of the poem: To Old Comrades, A Forest Offering which Harvey wrote and used to read on Remembrance Sunday at the same location when he was alive.

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WWI Poet's manuscripts found in Gloucestershire house

by Ken Goodwin
Frederick William Harvey's poems about the war became famous. Credit: FW Harvey Society

Letters, papers and manuscripts detailing the life of a heroic first world war poet have been discovered in a house in Gloucestershire.

Frederick William Harvey was well known for his poetry and acts of courage. He lived in the Forest of Dean where he was a solicitor, but his poems about the war became famous.

Now his papers are being made available to the public at the Gloucestershire Archives office. A PhD student from Exeter University is currently cataloguing them.

On Sunday, at the war memorial in Harvey's home village of Yorkley, one of his poems will be read as the last post is sounded, a tradition first started by Harvey himself while he was alive.

School children pay tribute to murdered friends

by Alexandra Lodge
Memorial plaque is unveiled
School friends unveil memorial plaque for Fuller children Credit: ITV West

School pupils in the Forest of Dean have been paying tribute to three children thought to have been killed by their father. Sam, Rebecca and Charlie Fuller were found dead in July. The body of their father was discovered nearby.

Today Pupils at Lakers school in Coleford, where Sam was a pupil, unveiled a memorial plaque and memory wall in their honour.

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Memorial plaque for Fuller children Credit: ITV West
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Memory wall created by Fuller children's school friends Credit: ITV West

Protest over Forest of Dean boar cull

The Forestry Commission wants to cull 100 animals Credit: ITV West

People opposed to a cull of wild boar in the Forest of Dean are due to stage a protest this lunchtime. The Forestry Commission wants to shoot around 100 of the animals which have been blamed for causing widespread damage.

A group called Friends of the Boar plans to demonstrate outside Commission offices in Coleford.

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