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Issue No. 74 [Back Issues]
13th December 2005

This Week - [Bernard Matthews - Christmas Carols in the Maltings - Goodrich Music - Santa in the Maltings]
[Ross Town Band Memorial - Rotary Club Senior Citizens' Christmas Party]
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Bernard Matthews

Wyenot News was very sad to learn of the death of Bernard Matthews, who passed away at home on Friday, 2nd December 2005. Bernard, who owned and worked at Llangrove Garage was one of Llangrove's true personalities and will be sadly missed by many. Bernard's funeral will take place on Wednesday, 14th December at Welsh Newton Church.

Pictured below, Bernard can be seen as most will remember him, at work in the garage, opposite the Post Office and adjacent to his home. The photograph was taken in April of this year, when I went to talk to him about the Terry Nation television series, 'Survivors', part of which was filmed at Llangrove Garage. Bernard told me at the time that during the filming, he was paid to 'keep very quiet for the day'. Although I have never published this particular photograph before, it is one of my favourites taken during 2005. No posing. The picture shows a very friendly and extremely helpful man, just the way he was.


Christmas Carols in the Maltings

Visitors to the Maltings shopping arcade were treated to Christmas carols sung by the choir of St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, who were joined by Mayor, Gordon Lucas and a group of singers collecting for the air ambulance on Saturday.

Pictured below, the children making up the St. Joseph's choir were: Laura-Jane Thomas, Bethany Moore, Bronwen Virgo, Patrick Virgo, Kala Marlowe, Zoe Hall, Susannah Philp, Olivia Philp, Georgina Lloyd, Alysha Moore, Shauna Moore, Annabel Marshall, Rebecca Murphy, Dewi Wilcox, Louise Cross and Miriam Partington. Choir Leader, Alison Virgo provided the keyboard accompaniment. Sharon Thomas and Pam Wheeler were collecting donations on behalf of the school.

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A Phenomenal Success for Goodrich Music

Goodrich Music successfully presented an amazing concert featuring Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, supported by local band Trilemma, in Goodrich Village Hall on Wednesday 7th December. Paul Jones will be known to many as a previous lead singer with Manfred Mann, a star of hit musicals and presenter of the weekly Radio 2 Blues Programme. Dave Kelly is possibly the greatest blues guitarist in the UK. Together, they have worked with the internationally acclaimed Blues Band for more than twenty years.

Goodrich rang to an evening of acoustic blues of the highest quality. Paul Jones' solo singing, with his own harmonica accompaniment left the audience breathless and in total admiration of his virtuosity and skill. Dave Kelly's slide guitar playing was astonishing in tone and quality. Together, they played and sang the night away, finishing the evening with encores and a standing ovation.

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Dave Kelly and Paul Jones at Goodrich Village Hall. (Photo supplied. Prints not available.)

The evening began with a set from Trilemma, featuring original songs with acoustic arrangements from their forthcoming album, 'Listen'. After the interval, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly were introduced and played wonderful music including long-established blues favourites as well as original songs written by themselves. This continued into a second set with each song interspersed with interesting dialogue about the blues and the numbers to be performed.

The event came about as a follow up to previous musical activities in Goodrich. There was a village Beer and Music Festival in 2003; a Music Weekend in 2004; and a 'Wok'n'Roll' evening in Spring 2005. The aim of these fund-raising events was to be able to provide, in Goodrich, artists of international calibre who would otherwise only perform in large venues. The agents who supplied Paul Jones and Dave Kelly were very co-operative and allowed tickets for the concert to go on sale in Goodrich two weeks before the event was listed nationally on their website. The response from the village was amazing. Within those two weeks, almost every ticket sold to villagers and their friends. One more week and the concert was fully sold out with a waiting list for any tickets returned. Between then and the concert, Goodrich was buzzing with anticipation, with comments such as 'I can't believe I'm really going to see Paul Jones in the village hall', and disappointment for those still wanting tickets and realizing they had left it too late. The result was that every seat for Wednesday's concert was full and that eighty five per cent of the audience were from Goodrich. Paul Jones and Dave Kelly were themselves delighted with the outcome and said how much they enjoyed playing to people who were not their usual 'fan-based' audience.

Goodrich Music events are organized by Matthew Constance, Andy Herbert and Tom Richardson. Grateful thanks go to Richard Webb for organizing the bar, Alex for engineering the sound so well, Lucy George and her team for so ably providing the interval refreshments, Matthew and Lucinda Constance for keeping the intervals to time, Goodrich Village Hall Trust for providing the venue and Claire Herbert and Sally Richardson for stewarding and helping with the clearing up. Goodrich Music is now planning another village fund-raising event in the Spring that is likely to be a 'Blues Brothers' inspired village dance. Planning is also taking place for the late Autumn of 2006 when Goodrich Village Hall is likely to feature another significant event to astound, astonish and delight the people of Goodrich and their families and friends.

Santa visits the Maltings

Santa and his helpers visited the Maltings on Saturday collecting donations so that he could present all of the children in Ross with a Christmas present at the Christmas Carnival, which is to take place on Saturday 17th December. In the photograph he can be seen with helpers Colin Gray, Town Mayor Gordon Lucas, Ebony Hodges and Molly Brian.

Giving all of the children in Ross a present at the Christmas Carnival is a tradition which dates back at least fifty years, possibly even a century or more. Santa and his helpers were a little worried this year because other charities were collecting for their good causes in the same place and at the same time as Santa himself. He is hoping that some kind of co-ordination will take place in future years as shoppers only have a certain amount that they are able to give to charity each week and when this is shared between three different groups collecting in the same place at the same time, the money gets diluted.

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