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We did it again!!!
Phoenix Majorettes have once again returned triumphant
from the National Majorette Championships, held this year
in Taunton and will represent England at the European
Championships in Pordene, Italy in October. The girls
put in outstanding performances in all of the four team
sections they entered and won first place in each. They
are now National Champions in: Senior Marching Parade
Corps, Junior Marching Parade Corps, Junior Twirl Parade
Corps and Senior Pom-pom Team.
well as coming first in the above sections, Hannah Cornwall
and Caroline Read were runners up in the Junior Duet Accessory
Section and will perform their routine in Italy. Sarah
Wood was runner up in Junior Mace Solo Section.
. . .
Cox, Secretary and Trainer for Ross Phoenix Majorettes said,
'The team sections were all new this year with many changes
and new rules. We weren't really sure how well we would
do, especially as we have some new and inexperienced girls
taking part. They all made their performances count on the
day however and didn't allow themselves to be overwhelmed
by the occasion.
I'm obviously delighted that the girls hard work and commitment
has paid off, it once again leaves us with another fundraising
headache. We have already held some fundraising events
and as always the people of Ross-on-Wye have been very
generous in their support. However, we still need to raise
about £5,000 by the middle of August, so we are appealing
for donations of any amount towards our total from individuals,
organisations and businesses. We've done it before, and
I'm sure that with the help of the townspeople we can
do it again and give these dedicated young people the
opportunity to represent both Ross-on-Wye and England
in the European Championships.'
you would like to support Ross Phoenix Majorettes by helping
them fund their visit to Italy, please contact Tracie
Cox on: 01594 823 227 or write to her at: 39, Belle Vue
Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2AA..
Kyrle High School 'Hands of Hope' Circle
850 students and staff joined together to make a band
of hope on Friday in support of the Make Poverty History
Bob Geldof's plans for a band of people around Edinburgh
during the G8 Summit, Assistant headteacher, Mark Croad
decided to organize a school based 'Band of Hope' as a
way of raising awareness of the very important citizenship
issue of world poverty.
students formed the near perfect circle incredibly quickly
and enthusiastically. Many have been supporting the campaign
through fund-raising and by wearing the wristbands.
Photography This Week
of the 'Make Poverty History' Campaign, Janet Beacon, Annie
Robertson, Duncan Boughen, Jenny Townsend, Sue Price, Gay
Cheeseman board a coach on Friday night, bound for Edinburgh.
Driver, Roger Smith is pictured below.
I read on the front page of the Ross Gazette this week
that the Unintentional Festival, which came to the rescue
during the cancellation of the 2002 Ross International
Festival and had, until this year, been going strong ever
since, is finding fund raising for this year's event difficult.
The 'Unintentional' may not be able to go ahead due to
lack of financial support.
on the front page is another article, entitled 'New Company!
New Festival!' about a group of International Festival
supporters calling themselves, Ross Live' who have planned
a programme of events for this year.
The Unintentional festival was already established. Why
did 'Ross Live' not just support that, instead of setting
up another event as if the first didn't exist? Surely,
as both are non profit organizations with the same objective,
one bigger and better festival could have been arranged
instead of two which, knowing Ross-on-Wye will probably
now both suffer.
I think know why. I just looked at the planned programme
for 'Ross Live' - The Unintentional is rock music and
'Ross Live' is opera, chamber and classical music plus
one youth workshop. Reasons of musical snobbery on one
side or the other, maybe?
I can say is that I love music and that, although my personal
taste is more generally inclined towards Purcell, Bach
and Vivaldi than towards Buster Hymen or Sid Vicious I
shall not be going out of my way to support 'Ross Live'
above the Unintentional, even though Dido and Aeneas happens
to be one of my favourite of Henry's works. I also love
rock music and I shall definitely be attending the band
stand for the less exclusive 'Unintentional' Finalé
Weekend, if it is able to go ahead.
to show that I am not talking from my Aeneas or Dido by
the way, and that Herry Purcell himself may have had preferences
for a particular type of claret but was certainly not
a musical snob, here are the words to one of his songs,
recorded on the fantastic 'Chansons de Tavernes et de
Chapelles' and sung as a canon, or round.
twice, thrice, I Julia tried.
The scornful puss as oft denied:
And since I can no better thrive,
I'll cringe to ne'er a bitch alive;
So kiss my arse delightful sow,
Good claret is my mistress now.
can't imagine that being sung in St. Mary's, so I guess
it must be one of Henry's good old pub songs, for which
he was renowned. Another couple of facts about Henry Purcell:
he did not write Trumpet Voluntary and he died of cold,
drunk on the doorstep of his home after not being allowed
in after a night at the tavern. Next time you see that
drunk staggering up Broad Street of a Saturday night,
just think; while sober he may well have already composed
the future 'Laudate Ceciliam' or 'Dark Side of the Moon'
album in the privacy of his bedroom.
can't stand 'Rap music' although my son loves it, neither
do I like the radio station, 'Classic FM' (good music
but the tacky DJs and adverts for mobile phones do my
head in). Others do though and I respect that. Whether
you love it or hate it, all music is an art form. There
should be no snobbery about any of it as most is good
in its own right and even the 'Crazy Frog' has his place
(miles and miles away from me).
idea of a festival is to support everybody in Ross-on-Wye
and to give visitors a good reason to visit the town is
it not? So why not join forces, get on with it and do
Goffs Summer Fete
Goffs Primary School Summer Fete is to be held this coming
Saturday, 9th July at 12:00 noon and will have the theme,
'The Circus'. At the event there will be a fancy dress
competition, football tournament, welly wanging, lucky
dip, raffle, horse riding, 'soak the bloke', so why not
support the children and the school by bringing the family
along to enjoy the afternoon's entertainment.
the photograph below, Ezrhea Gwyer, Jamie Acton, Oliver
Floyd, Sam Burford and Louise Wheble, Jessica Drew and
Sarah Granby practise for the big day.
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