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Summer Spectacular: Music for the August Bank Holiday!
During the August Bank Holiday Weekend, local people and
visitors to the town will have the opportunity to enjoy
a little nostalgia. Three concerts will be taking place
on the Rope Walk at the same site that was used by the
see below for full details of this three day event. Tickets
for each of the shows cost £17.50, children under
14 free and can be obtained on-line from www.summersoundsspectacular.co.uk.
. . .
The 'Blues Brothers'!
and Ed are back, and with the help of The Bullet Blues Band,
they intend to rock the joint again with the hit show 'Sweet
Home Chicago'. The two renowned soul singers will once again
recapture the lunacy, music and the essence that is, The
five years of rock solid rhythm and blues have been the
foundation of this open air concert production. Having started
life some 25 years ago as the Bullet Blues Band, 'Sweet
Home Chicago' now celebrates the rocking musical years and
atmosphere that was, and still is, The Blues Brothers.
by the house band at Stax Records, featuring the likes of
Brooker T, Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Steve `Mr. Midnight Hour`
Cropper and Matt Murphy, Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi danced
and sang their way through one of the most musically impressionable
films of all time. Did they realize they would spurn an
abundance of pork pie hatted folk wearing dark glasses professing
to be on a mission from God?
however, what they did become were the ultimate ambassadors
of the music they loved. Their efforts are truly rewarded
in the number of people that now cannot disassociate the
songs with the characters - songs like…Everybody Needs Somebody,
Gimme Some Lovin', Sweet Home Chicago, and even the unconventional
Blues Brothers 'Sweet Home Chicago' is a truly unbelievable
and unforgettable, party. Featuring over 45 unforgettable
classics of the era, including all the major songs from
both films, this production definitely does not disappoint.
So don't forget to dress for the occasion and be prepared
to get down and boogie as you listen, sing and dance with
evening closes with a breathtaking Firework display set
to a Blues Brothers Classic. Don't miss it, book today!
Tickets: £17.50 - Children Free.
music of Glenn Miller is surely the most instantly recognizable
sound in modern music. Despite the fact that Glenn Miller
died in 1944, his music has continued to remain popular
these past 60 years! There have been a plethora of modern
day bands attempting to recreate the unique sound of the
original Glenn Miller Orchestra yet - only very few of them
have come close to achieving that actual sound.
world famous Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra have succeeded
where most others have failed. In using young professional
musicians, dressed in authentic full GI uniform, and a first
rate and highly knowledgeable front man, they have produced
a show which is truly spectacular - and is quite different
from the run of the mill concerts on offer these days.
Musical Director for the night will be Paul Barry, a handsome
and pleasant mannered man who wrote and presents the program
using some well known extracts from the Glenn Miller Story,
and the rest from his own knowledge of Glenn Miller history.
Throughout the program, he gives the audience information
about Glenn's life and career, as well as history about
the tunes the band played, and the members who played those
tunes in the original Glenn Miller bands.
Joining the orchestra on stage throughout the evening will
be the delightful female close harmony group 'Choo- Choo'
presenting their own tribute to the of the Andrews Sisters
with numbers including 'Mr Sandman' , and 'Boogie Woogie
Bugle Boy' You cannot fail to Get In The Mood with this
evening of pure Big Band Nostalgia.
Concert will close with a breathtaking Firework Display
set to one of the Miller Classics
The Rat Pack party!
'Kings of Swing' Rat Pack Party features the Nelson Riddle
Tribute Orchestra, 3 great swing singers and special guest
Lynn Kennedy Live on Stage With over 2 hours of 'swinging
classics' this highly successful show played to over 250,000
people in its residency at the Blackpool Tower during 2004!
Rat Pack Party takes you on a truly magical journey back
to an era when people fell in love to the music of Frank
Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Doris Day and many more.
you are a fan of Sinatra or Tony Bennett, or of the newer
singers such as Robbie Williams and Michael Buble, this
celebration of the smooth and sophisticated will soon have
your feet tapping and your fingers clicking.
'Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra' carries it's own library
of musical arrangements covering over 500 titles of music
in the Rat Pack style. If swing is your thing this is definitely
the 'Vegas' Night Out for you. The talented cast of singers
cruise through classics such as 'Night & Day', 'Come Fly
with Me', 'Mack the Knife' and each evening will close with
a stunning Firework Display set to one of the all time Sinatra
Classics 'New York New York'
for the Rat Pack Party £17.50 - Children under 14 free.
For more information visit www.summersoundsspectacular.co.uk
Teddy Bears' Picnic
Ross on Wye branch of The National Childbirth Trust held
a Teddy Bears Picnic at The Prospect on Friday, 12th May
to mark the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Week (14th
– 20th May).
Ross on Wye NCT is a very active branch and regularly
holds events for local parents. It also runs groups twice
a week: a Coffee and Chat group on Tuesday mornings for
all parents and children under four years and a Stay and
Play on Thursday afternoons for two to four years, which
has themed craft and play sessions.
groups meet at The Ryefield Centre and are voluntarily
run by local parents for local parents.
Teddy Bears Picnic helped to raise funds to train Ross’s
first Breastfeeding Counsellor, who will be able to provide
support and help to new mums around breastfeeding. The
event also included fun games for both toddlers and their
teddies, including “Teddy Wanging” ( in the fine tradition
of Welly Wanging ), Teddy Bungee, Hunt the Teddy and more!
rower, Ian helps Sir Steve Redgrave with his record
year Sir Steve Redgrave made a bid to break the record for
the most money raised in the London Marathon.
Steve Redgrave Trust supports three charities - The Association
of Children's Hospices, Children with Leukaemia and his
own Inner City Schools Project.
new record, of a staggering £1.5 million, was achieved by
Sir Steve with the help of all his supporters, of whom Ian
Hale was one.
a wet St. George's Day, retired rower Ian Hale completed
the 26.2 mile course in 4hrs 45mins, somewhat slower than
his previous time of just under four hours but that was
sixteen years ago, when he was still rowing competitively.
he completed it and raised £900 towards the target.
a few aches and pains afterwards and NO blisters!'
would like to thank all his family, friends and rowing club
members for sponsoring him and helping Sir Steve achieve
Steve and Ian have now decided to retire from marathon running
but then again they said that about rowing!
Author of 'The Bad Mother's Handbook', Kate Long visits Ross Library
Kate Long, author of 'The Bad Mother's Handbook' was a
guest of Ross Library Book Group last Thursday, 11th May.
Kate started writing as part of her battle against insomnia
- when she couldn't sleep, she made up stories in her
head, which were promptly forgotten when the morning came.
She started making proper notes, and never looked back.
1994, her short story The Artist and the Liar won the
Raconteur prize and she was encouraged to keep writing.
Her success in various short-story competitions led to
a grant from Arts Council England in 2001, to pay for
childcare to give her enough free time to write a novel.
The result was The Bad Mother's Handbook, which quickly
became a best-seller and has been translated into twenty
two languages. It is an emotional, engaging and funny
story of three generations of women from that 'grey area
between the working class and the lower middle class'.
Handbook has been followed by two more novels: Swallowing
Grandma, and Queen Mum, with a fourth on the way. Kate
is a mother and ex-teacher and ascribes her original interest
in literature to "The Thought Fox", a poem she read at
school, by Ted Hughes. Kate plans her stories thoroughly,
often writing the last paragraph before she starts. She
believes that having a limited time to write is a useful
discipline, 'because you have to get down to it.'
below, Kate Long (in white) and Ann-Marie Dosset (pink)
pose for a photograph with members of Ross Library Book
Group, who took along their own copies of The Bad Mother's
live in Llandrindod Wells and am interested in building
model boats. I recently came across reference to a paddle
steamer known as the Wilton Castle, which was reported
as having been built at Hay-on-Wye in about 1902, but
which I have now found to have been built at Ross-on-Wye.
Do you know anything about it? I would like to get some
records/photographs which would help me in building a
have seen a photograph of the Wilton Castle on a wall
somewhere but I am afraid I cannot remember where it was.
Is there anybody out there able to help Eddie? If so,
please email me and I will put you in touch. Ed.
A Major Musical Moment in Monmouth
Wales’ ninety strong, multiple award-winning Bridgend
Male Choir will be performing alongside the Territorial
Army’s Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh in a widely
appealing medley of music on Friday, May 19 at Monmouth’s
Blake Theatre. Staged
by the Army Benevolent Fund, Gwent (ABF), the concert’s
aim is to generate money to help soldiers, former soldiers
and their families in times of need.
the fund-raising cause, are other part-time Territorial
Army soldiers from the Monmouth-headquarted Royal Monmouthshire
Royal Engineers, with TA centres in Cwmbran, Swansea and
Iraq, over 100 of the unit’s soldiers served on six-month
tours of duty, some will be at the concert in uniform.
May 19 from 7.30 p.m. their task will be to welcome 550
members of the Blake Theatre audience, gathering to listen
to the Bridgend concert choir with its ‘ever-expanding’
repertoire of classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh
anthems and favourite music from the shows. Some of the
TA band’s musicians also sing in its own choir.
The choir’s musical medley has won them awards. In 2004
it won first prize at the Newport Welsh National Eisteddfod.
The following year it became ‘Best Male Choir’ in S4C’s
Cor Cymru 2005 competition and then in 2005 came fourth
overall at the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen.
comment from the competition’s adjudicating panel was:
“The Bridgend Choir has a huge vocal resource.” This
has been reflected in awards in Italy vying against 20
top choirs from six countries and invitations to tour
abroad. Included are previous performances in Germany,
France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Jersey and Canada.
Luke Conad of Ross Labels presented fifteen rugby shirts
in school colours to Brampton Abbotts Primary School on
Thursday, 11th May. The school would like to thank Peter
Church for the six weeks of 'Tag Rugby' coaching he gave.
The school are hoping to enter a tournament at Ledbury in
June. Photo: Adan, Jordan, Alex, Molly, Shaunna, Amy, Bethan
On Friday, 12th May, members of The John Kyrle High School
Council met at the Mayor’s Chamber. The body, which is active
in representing the views of all the students at John Kyrle
felt very excited by the experience of convening in such
an environment. Photo: Mr Mark Croad; Reuben Butler, Kaylee
Diamond, Rebecca Howson, Harriet Smith, Duncan Alston, Roberta
Fisher, Jacob Stroud and George Sullivan.
It will become a legal obligation by October 2006 for employment
agencies supplying staff to the agricultural and food industries
to be registered with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority
(GLA). Following a successful audit, SFC Personnel in Ross
have been granted the first license in the country. Photo:
SFC staff, Helen and Huw Bellamy and Mariana Dumitru.
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