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Week - [Moon Walk - Unintentional Festival - May 2005]
NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
[Town Barbers - Naming the Owles - Wye Valley Transport Interest Group]
local ladies will stride their way around London by the
light of the full moon, taking part in the 2005 Playtex
Moonwalk on Saturday, June 18th 2005. The
worlds only 'power walking' marathon is to take place
in London's Hyde Park. The ladies will be striding out
in decorated bras, helping to raise millions of pounds
for breast cancer and cancer care. There will be thousands
of people from around the country joining them to raise
money and awareness for the cause, as well as get fit
and have fun. Moonwalker, Denise Nicholls said, 'Taking
on the challenge will be an unforgettable experience'.
to raise sponsorship or thinking of ingenious ways of
raising money can present a challenge in itself. Several
successful events in aid of breast cancer and cancer cure
have already taken place and on Saturday, 11th June, at
the Barrel Inn, the ladies are holding 'A Moonwalk Disco'.
Tickets, which include a prize draw, are £3.00 each
and guests are requested to wear something pink!
you would like further details on this event or you are
unable to come along but would like to sponsor the team,
please contact:- Denise Nicholls on: 07796 011727 or Tina
Robertshaw on: 07905 806896.
below, at the Prince of Wales are moon walkers, Denise
Nicholls, Tina Robertshaw, Claire White, Tracey Young,
Elaine Vine, Karen Phelps, Jeanette Rush and Anita Ward
at last Saturday's, around the pubs fund raising event.
Irene Jones and Lenny Whitehouse also took part but were
not there for the photograph. £300 was raised during
the evening, making a total of £853 towards the
cause so far.
may not be an International Festival this year but Ross-on-Wye
Unintentional Festival is set to go ahead as usual. The
event will run from Friday, 12th August until Holiday
Monday, 29th August starting with a launch
party at the Eagle Inn on the Friday at which three local
bands will be performing. At present nothing is scheduled
for the following Saturday, but if and when some funding
can be found, something will be arranged.
youth workshop will be held on Sunday 14th August, either
at the Youth Centre or the Church Hall. The workshop will
be run by an experienced local organization called, 'Junk
Percussion'. Junk Percussion have run many youth workshops
before and encourage youngsters to develop musical and
creative skills by first making their musical instruments
and then performing with them. The resulting performance
will be held at The Market House and will mark the official
opening day of the festival.
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A scene from last year's Unintentional Festival. Ref: DSC_3803
complete contrast to the afternoon's events, on Sunday
evening, accomplished honky-tonk pianist, Paddy Milner
and his band will be performing an exclusive gig at the
Wilton Court Hotel. A pig roast and dessert will be included
in the price of the ticket, as well as possibly a drink
on arrival. Ticket price and exact details are still to
be finalized, but the evening promises to be a real musical
treat. Paddy's original ear-catching style shows influences
of jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and rock & roll and he has
played with greats, such as Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)
and Jools Holland.
following one and a half weeks will as usual bring a diverse
range of musical events to the towns local public houses.
These will range from Jazz through to Blues, possibly
some classical & theatre events with some rock, pop and
punk thrown in for good measure. The
Ross Lions bandstand has been booked for the three day
organizer, Caz Holbrook said, 'All of this sounds very
exciting and we hope that it can all go ahead. Unfortunately
though this year, the Unintentional Festival is having
real difficulty with funding. Creative Industries and
Tourism Enterprise were the festival's main funding bodies
last year but they no longer exist and alternative funding
is having to be sought. Organizers are still waiting to
hear from Arts Council England, Herefordshire Partnership
and Joanies Trust. The festival is also in the process
of becoming a registered charity this year. We appreciate
that many of the International Festival Sponsors and supporters
may feel like they have had their fingers burnt, but with
the demise of the 'Main' festival, we feel that it is
increasingly important for the Unintentional Festival
to happen this year! We need approximately £12,500 for
the festival to go ahead and, although this may sound
like a lot of money, I would like to point out this amount
was just over a third of the former 'main' festival director's
wage. We don't take any money out of the festival apart
from a small administration fee which doesn't even begin
to cover the amount of time and effort put in by the organizers
and volunteers, who put their time and devotion into the
project because they love and care about music and about
News Comment: The whole Unintentional Festival last
year, including the excellent three day finalé
cost far less than the damp squib, 'Music to Fireworks'
event, which took place on the last night of last year's
International Festival. Ross Lions have been good enough
to provide the town with a brand new bandstand, which
is the ideal venue for what could now become a great event,
so let's put it to good use! The Unintentional Festival
started out small a few years ago and has remained popular
ever since. It is organized by people who are not greedy
and genuinely do know how to manage a small festival.
Given the chance, it could now grow into a huge event,
attracting lots of business to the town. All it needs
is to be given the support it deserves.
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