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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
Day of Judgement for Ross
It was hot
and sunny when the Day of Judgement finally arrived. Bob Harris
and Les Goodman of the Heart of England Tourist Board visited
Ross-on-Wye last Friday, 23rd July. It
had been an early start for the Ross in Bloom committee, setting
up a Charity Market at the Market House
before making certain that the route was clean and tidy. Chairman,
Jacky Bedford and Margaret Lucas met the judges at the Royal Hotel
to begin their drive around the town.
inspected the river side from both the Royal and the Rope Walk,
the judges walked around Nursery Road and were delighted with
the way the gardens had been constructed and worked on by the
residents, under the leadership of Rita Haggett. 'Your group have
done a very professional job on that bed,' Bob told a delighted
and conservation are high on the list of judging criteria and
the judges were pleased with what they saw on the Ashburton Estate
and in Station Approach. The
manager of Goodrich Court showed the party around the garden before
they finally travelled along Gloucester Road to the Market house
to be presented with a 'Welcome to Ross' scroll by members of
the Girls Brigade, who formed a Guard of Honour on the steps leading
to the Heritage Centre.
A Girls Brigade
'Guard of Honour' waiting for the arrival of the RiB judges.
Heritage is the theme for Britain in Bloom this year and the judges
were given a guided tour of the John Kyrle High School Exhibition.
They were particularly taken with the 11th September tribute and
the paintings of Cawdor Allotments.
at the Prospect Gardens, Suzanne Neville, the delightful Carnival
Princess welcomed the judges to Ross-on-Wye and presented them
with a portfolio, showing how hard the town had worked. They spoke
to the children of Abacus Playgroup before meeting the Mayor and
Mayoress, Cllr. and Mrs Nigel Gibbs and the Rector, Rev. John
visit finished with refreshments at Harlequin's, a relaxing end
to a busy morning.
Fun at Ross-on-Wye International Festival
International Festival, which runs from 13th to 22nd August, will
be providing a range of fun for the whole family. Events range
from international artists in the main Waterside marquee, to workshops,
puppets and the spectacular Opening Parade, lots of hilarious
street theatre in the town over the first weekend and the Festival
events in the main Waterside marquee include a unique opportunity
to witness a truly astounding Berlin Circus Cabaret Evening on
Wednesday, 18th August. An extraordinary evening of humour and
daring, this amazing show has underwater dolphinesque dancing,
body hoop-spinning, an amazing human acrobatic bath, breathless
contortion and fantastic aerial acts with a wonderful, live musical
accompaniment. A fabulous family performance which will defy belief!
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Petites Frappes come to Ross-on-Wye with the UK premiere of their
mad-cap show ‘I HAD A DRUM’ on Saturday, 21st August. These crazy
masters of rhythm bring a riotous mixture of rock, afro-latino,
funk, reggae, rai, techno and rap, playing an unbelievably varied
ensemble of instruments from drum kits, wind machines, electric
guitars, feather dusters, hot water bottles, tom-toms, congas
and djembes. This hilarious and extremely enjoyable show has already
sold out in the Netherlands and Belgium and will be a great evening’s
entertainment for Festival audiences young and old.
will be a fabulous juggling, comedy and percussion double-bill
spectacular by the Gandini Jugglers and Canadians BAM. The Gandinis
are considered by circus connoisseurs to be the crème de la crème
of the juggling world, weaving hypnotic and complex patterns with
colourful balls, clubs and rings to leave audiences completely
spellbound. The characters from BAM look like they have walked
out of a mad cartoon to present The Blue Barrel Show, with powerful
savage drumming virtuosity and deliriously funny sketches to overwhelm
16th to 18th August at St Mary’s Church Hall, adults and children
alike will be mesmerized by Italian theatre company TPO, who will
be creating a brilliant live animated stage show, 'The Japanese
Garden,' using the latest in digital technology and video projection.
The show creates a magical story with extraordinary interactive
video illusions leading you on a journey through a very special
garden with a multi-media soundscape.
Norwich Puppet Theatre Company will be presenting 'Jack and the
Beanstalk' and 'Snow White' at the Phoenix Theatre, using an unusual
mix of puppet forms, drama and live music. There
will also be a brilliant array of workshops at Ross Youth Centre
during the Festival to give children the opportunity to learn
new skills and have a go. Professional touring band, Dubmerge
will be showing how to get to grips with mixing and DJ-ing. Herefordshire’s
'Dancefest' will be giving young people the opportunity to devise
and perform their own exciting dance using a variety of contemporary
dance techniques, and two professional circus and acrobatic performers
from 'Bright FX' will be teaching how to juggle, plate spin, walk
a tight rope, acrobalance as well as use a diabolo and devil sticks!