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Issue No. 96 - 17th May 2006
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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 International Festival.

Please 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

Continued . . .

The 'Blues Brothers'!

Pete 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 Blues Brothers.

Twenty 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.

Backed 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?

Possibly, 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 Raw Hide.

The 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 The Blues Brothers.

Each evening closes with a breathtaking Firework display set to a Blues Brothers Classic. Don't miss it, book today! Tickets: £17.50 - Children Free.

Glenn Miller!

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Each Concert will close with a breathtaking Firework Display set to one of the Miller Classics

The Rat Pack party!

The '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!

The 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.

Whether 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.

The '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'

Tickets for the Rat Pack Party £17.50 - Children under 14 free.
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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.

Both groups meet at The Ryefield Centre and are voluntarily run by local parents for local parents.

Friday's 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!

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Retired rower, Ian helps Sir Steve Redgrave with his record

This year Sir Steve Redgrave made a bid to break the record for the most money raised in the London Marathon.

The Steve Redgrave Trust supports three charities - The Association of Children's Hospices, Children with Leukaemia and his own Inner City Schools Project.

The 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.

On 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.

Nevertheless, he completed it and raised £900 towards the target.

'Only a few aches and pains afterwards and NO blisters!'

Ian would like to thank all his family, friends and rowing club members for sponsoring him and helping Sir Steve achieve the record.

Both 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.

In 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'.

The 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.'

Pictured 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 Handbook.

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Dear Alan.

I 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 model.


Eddie Price

I 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.

Supporting 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 Monmouth.

In Iraq, over 100 of the unit’s soldiers served on six-month tours of duty, some will be at the concert in uniform. On 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.

One 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.

Topical Photography

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Above: 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 and Jamie.

Below: 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.

Bottom: 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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