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Experiment - Thank You
you all for taking part in week two of my Wyenot Television
video experiment. Again, I received hundreds of replies.
This time there were only two people who could not view
the clip, and I suspect that this was due to slow internet
think I can safely consider both tests a success and will
start filming the odd Ross-on-Wye or other local item for
have not recorded any video yet as this week has not been
one of my best weeks ever. Since leaving the air conditioned
office where I used to work with 500 other people back in
the last millennium, I have hardly ever been ill but this
week, I have had my second nasty flu type virus this year
and I have only been out with the camera when absolutely
necessary. Much to the amusement of my family, I'm on my
fourth day now and counting with a complete loss of voice.
It just does not seem to want to get better - if anything,
it has got worse and I can just about get by with whispering.
which very much surprised me about the second video test
was the amount of people who wrote and said that they liked
the music and asked what it was. It was actually one of
my own tunes. I recorded it under the pseudonym, 'Palaeolithic
Man' some time around 2000. The track was called, 'Pangaea'
and I used it on the video as I owned the copyright, so
there were no royalty issues to worry about. I have put
a higher audio quality version below for
download, if you liked it - along with another track, 'Palaeolithic
Storm', from the original CD. (Right click the links if
you want to save to your computer or MP3 player.) Both were
inspired locally - by the Doward Caves. The natural sounds,
including cats mating, bees, birds and the huge thunder
clap and heavy rain were recorded in my garden. The 'cave
man' voices on Palaeolithic Storm are my own voice, (I had
one then) electronically adjusted.
try to get some video news up and running over the next
week or so. Thank you for your help in determining the method
A look at Betzdorf - Ross-on-Wye's Twin Town Since 1978 . . .
the twin town of Ross, is a small city which lies in the
north of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Betzdorf City has a
population of about 10.800 people but the community as
a whole, which includes the villages Alsdorf, Gruenebach,
Scheuerfeld, Wallmenroth has a population of 16.000. Betzdorf
grew large between the years of 1890 and 1910 due to the
railroad and took on 'City' status in 1953. In nearby
Siegerland, the iron industry had become an important
part of the region and as a result, the railroad became
a major means of transportation for Betzdorf. Many new
people arrived and the community grew.
idea of twinning Ross-on-Wye and Betzdorf began in 1978.
The Mayors of Betzdorf and Ross began to exchange visits
and meet people. Three years later, in 1981, they establish
associations and four years later, the twinning of the
towns became official. Since 1982 the associations have
met annually, either in Betzdorf or in Ross-on-Wye.
schools of Betzdorf and Ross-on-Wye also exchanges students
every year. When students from Ross arrive in Betzdorf
they visit the Mayor, Michael Lieber and talk about what
is new in Ross.
are some photographs of Betzdorf, or if you would like
further information you could visit www.betzdorf.de
view over Betzdorf.
building stands in the middle of Betzdorf.
road sign to Ross-on-Wye in Betzdorf.
zwischen Ross-on-Wye und Betzdorf begann im Jahr 1978
die Partnerstadt von Ross, ist eine kleine Stadt und liegt
IM Norden von Rheinland-Pfalz; Deutschland. In der Stadt
Betzdorf leben ungefaehr 10.800 Menschen. Die Verbandsgemeinde
Betzdorf besteht aus den Ortsgemeinden Alsdorf, Gruenebach,
Scheuerfeld, Wallmenroth und der Stadt Betzdorf. Betzdorf
bekam IM Jahr 1953 die Stadtrechte verliehen. In den Jahren
1980 bis 1910 wuchs Betzdorf immer mehr, Grund hierfuer
war, dass die Eisenbahn noch Betzdorf kam. IM nahe gelegenen
Siegerland wurde die Eisenindustrie für die Region immer
bedeutender. Damit wurde auch das Transportmittel Eisenbahn
für Betzdorf sehr wichtig. Viele Leute kamen nach Betzdorf
und halfen dabei, dass Betzdorf von einem kleinem Dorf zu
einem groesseren Dorf wurde.
Jahr 1978 begannen dann die ersten Partnerschaftsbegegnungen
zwischen Betzdorf und Ross. Die beiden Buergermeister begannen
damit, sich gegenseitig zu besuchen. Drei Jahre spaeter,
1981, wurden in beiden Staedten Partnerschaftsvereine gegruendet.
Weitere vier Jahre spaeter wurde dann die offizielle Partnerschaft
zwischen Betzdorf und Ross gegruendet. Seit dem wird sich
jedes Jahr getroffen - ein Jahr in Betzdorf und das andere
Jahr in Ross.
zwischen den Schulen von Betzdorf und Ross-on-Wye werden
Schueleraustausche jedes Jahr durchgefuehrt. Wenn die Schueler
in Betzdorf sind, dann besuchen sie Buergermeister Michael
Lieber und erzaehlen ihm, was es an Neuigkeiten in Ross
den folgenden Fotos kann man sich einen Ueberblick ueber
Betzdorf verschaffen oder man besucht einfach die Betzdorfer
Internetseite unter: www.betzdorf.de
Can you help Sue Ryder?
rallying call is being issued to people in Ross-On-Wye
to help man the decks at a Sue Ryder Care shop. Willing
volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks,
from merchandising to helping customers find the perfect
vintage piece and steaming clothes ready for display.
shop also sells furniture, so people who can assist with
moving larger items or who have an eye for potential antiques
would also be welcomed.
Ryder also welcome donations of good quality furniture.
A self-employed driver is being sought who could pick
up donated stock in the surrounding area. The new recruits
will be joining a friendly team of staff and volunteers
who are dedicated to helping the Broad Street shop and
to raise as much money as possible for the charity's care
all of the charity's four hundred shops on the British
High Street, the Ross-on-Wye store raises vital funds
for the specialized work of the charity's seventeen care
centres throughout the UK. The centres provide palliative
and neurological care for people living with a range of
conditions including Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's
Disease and Acquired Brain Injuries.
Manager Glynis O'Donnell said: "We would love to hear
from anyone interested in volunteering, whether they can
spare a couple of hours once a month or a full day once
a week. There is an opportunity to suit everyone. It is
very rewarding to know that our work here in the shops
helps to make a real difference to the lives of so many
people. People can pop in anytime for an informal chat
and find out more about volunteering from our staff."
wishing to know more about volunteering can contact Glynis
on 01989 762158. For further information about Sue Ryder
Care visit www.suerydercare.org
Staff, Belinda Holdsworth - Assistant Manager, Glynis O'Donnell
- Manager and Catrine Bell - Volunteer.
Heart & Stone
parishioners and eccentric parsons will be taking centre-nave
at St Mary's, Ross-on-Wye on Sunday 2 April. New Theatre
Works' touring production of Heart & Stone, by local playwright
Peter Roberts, is an epic of passion, pain, laughter and
heartbreak across the centuries.
bringing theatre back to its mediaeval birthplace with
a combination of site-specific performance and an engaging
story-line," explained NTW founder Ellie Parker. "There
certainly won't be any snoozing in the pews!'
and Stone, directed by Estelle Van Warmelo dramatizes
core issues of faith, love and truth embodied in the lives
of four people as they rehearse their community play in
a West Midlands church. Acting out the building's vibrant
history, from Black Death to the Blitz, they celebrate
daily life in the parish, its festivals and follies. But
for the curate Anna, her arty sister Jo and their partners,
the show also becomes the focus of deeply private history
and hard-won convictions. Beneath the banter of their
dress-rehearsal they have crucial choices to make.
hope the play attracts those who would enjoy the personal
drama of the contemporary story, as well as people contemplating
questions of belief or the role of the church in the community
today,' said Peter Roberts, whose plays have been frequently
performed on BBC Radio 4 and in major regional venues.
is plenty of music and humour too!.'
tour has been produced by New Theatre Works in partnership
with the Diocese of Hereford. 'We're currently exploring
new ways of placing our ancient buildings at the heart
of the community," added Wendy Coombey, Community Partnership
and Funding Officer. 'We've already made a start with
several church buildings already acting as village meeting
Tickets for the St Mary's show cost £6.00 and can be purchased
from the Ross Ministry Team Office, Church Street, Ross
on Wye or The Courtyard Arts Centre, Hereford. Tel: 0870
1122330. Some tickets will be available on the door (subject
to availability). There will be a free post-show discussion.
Heart & Stone are touring thirteen churches across Herefordshire
and Shropshire from Friday 24 March to Sunday 9 April.
For the full tour schedule visit www.newtheatreworks.co.uk.
The tour is supported by Arts Council West Midlands, the
Elmley Foundation and Herefordshire Council. New Theatre
Works is resident at The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre
for the Arts.
Bare Bones Theatre
based amateur theatre company, Bare Bones must surely
be one of the county's most active groups. Taking their
productions to communities throughout the county, they
open soon with their twelfth production in the eighteen
months since their formation. Their
youth section presented 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell
in mid-February and on 25th March the adult group open
'The Cemetery Club' by Ivan Menchell at Upton Bishop's
Millennium Hall before taking it to Monmouth, Bartestree
the interim they present no less than three entries in
the Hereford County Drama Festival at The Courtyard Theatre
between 15th and 18th March. Their touring production,
"The Cemetery Club" is a Jewish American comedy very much
in the style of Neil Simon. Three elderly widows, long
time friends, together visit their husband's graves each
month. Then Sam, the local butcher, appears on the scene
to attract the attention and affection of one member of
this trio to the dismay of the other two. Will the newcomer
break up this 'cemetery club'? Or will other events shape
their future? The witty dialogue is wonderfully entertaining
in a play of great emotional variety. Laughter with a
tear in it's eye.
of where you can see The Cemetery Club can be found on
On?' page of this web site.
from Ross Live!
Live!' will launch its 2006 season with an excitingly
unusual concert in Ross on Tuesday 11th April. The Musical
and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra play using period
instruments, directed from the harpsichord by Martin Perkins.
Passion According to St Mark by Reinhard Keiser opens
the performance. This wonderful work has been translated
into English especially for this performance by society
founder Kate Fawcett. Festival Director, Robin Symonds
says 'Some will deplore using any language other than
the composer's German, but in this case the dramatic effect
would be spoilt for an audience if they had to bury their
heads in their programmes to follow the plot!'
just over an hour this may be first time it has ever been
performed in this country. The soloists include German
tenor Christian Sturm and the part of Jesus will be sung
by bass, William Burn. The chorus, the Ross-on-Wye Baroque
Singers will be directed by David Backhouse.
sung in Latin, the second part of the concert is the hauntingly
beautiful Stabat Mater (1736) by Giovanni Pergolesi. This
cantata for soprano, alto soloists and string orchestra
lasts about forty minutes. The soloists have Herefordshire
connections. Soprano Katharine Hawnt, went to the Cathedral
School and the Royal Academy of Music, followed by a scholarship
at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Ben Turner, alto,
comes from Bromyard and is a lay clerk at Westminster
concert, sponsored by the Alan Cadbury Trust will take
place in St Mary's Church at 7.30 on Tuesday 11 April.
Tickets, price £15 (central aisles) and £10 (side aisles)
are now available at the Tourist Information Centre, Ross
(01989 562768); The County Collection, Market Place, Ross
and The Outback, Church Street, Hereford. Booking forms
may be downloaded from www.rosslive.org.uk.
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