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Issue No. 112 - 13th September 2006
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Ross Yachtsman Drowned

Paul Fairbank.

Wyenot News was sad to learn of the death of Paul Fairbank, aged 54, whose body was found near the River Erme by rescue teams on Saturday, 2nd September.

Paul Fairbanks left Salcombe to sail to Cawsand Bay on Friday, 1st September and was last seen at 19:30 British Summer Time, close to Thurlestone. His catamaran was later found drifting towards rocks near Plymouth.

Shore and sea searches were carried out by coastguard rescue teams from Yealm, Tamar, Bigbury and Plymouth, along with the Plymouth and Salcombe lifeboats and the RAF Chivenor helicopter.

Paul was a well known character in Ross-on-Wye. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Head Boy Heads the field in Physics

John Kyrle High School's outgoing Head Boy, Duncan Alston, was pleased enough to get 4 A grades at A level but the school has now been told that he was also the top performing A level student in the country at Physics.

Duncan, who is now on his way to Oxford to study Medicine, has risen to the top from the 92,000 students taking that Physics A level this summer. Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths expressed his delight: 'Duncan has been an outstanding student throughout his time here and an inspirational Head Boy over the past year. His success just caps our best ever year for A level results.'

Duncan opening his A level results on 17th August 2006. DSC_4665

Great Times for John Kyrle High School

The new term has started for John Kyrle High School on the back of record results at both GCSE and A level in the summer.

The new intake of students have made an enthusiastic start in Year 7 and are enjoying the newly refurbished classrooms around the school. Changes include a new Science laboratory, more classrooms with Interactive Whiteboard technology and further computer access for students.

The school has recently been designated as a High Performing Specialist College by the DfES and is in the process of applying to take on a Modern Foreign Languages specialism to go alongside its success at Technology.

Some of these recent improvements were commented on in the outstanding Ofsted report that came from a short inspection last November.

The new Year 12 students, many from other local schools, are also enjoying the use of the new 1 million Sixth Form Centre and will be hoping to achieve as well as the outgoing Year 13, 50% of whom achieved A levels at grades A or B.

Open Days
An open evening for prospective parents [2007/2008 admission] will be taking place on Thursday, 5th October, 2006 between 6.00 - 9.00 p.m. The Headteacher's talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the main hall. Why not see the School in action during one of the Open Mornings which are due to take place on Tuesday, 3rd October 2006 between 9.30 - 11.30 a.m and Wednesday, 4th October 2006, 9.30 - 11.30 a.m.? Please ring the School to reserve a place.

Some of the 2006 new intake at JKHS.

A Celebration of song!

Gareth Wigg.

Flying high at the moment is the singing and acting world's new sensation Gareth Wigg. Together with composer, musician and director Jo Roach they form Stepout Theatre and they are coming to a venue near you soon!

Be sure you don't miss out on a rather extraordinary night of entertainment. They are embarking upon their second tour with 'An evening of song' and this is no ordinary evening. There will be songs you know and to suit all tastes, from the chilled out Sinatra to the high drama Les Miserables and from cheery Jolson and haunting Glenn Miller. There will also however be new songs they have written themselves.

The presentation is something quite special. Each item will be performed be in Stepout Theatre's own unique style. There will of course be lighting and effects but what puts Stepout in a league of their own is their reliance upon their own talents and gifts to really perform live for you. Effects and amplification are there as an aid but not used if not required.

Gareth is a singer and actor of the highest calibre and this production will predominantly showcase his remarkable voice and stage charisma. He is a rich and powerful baritone. His songs will stir, thrill and at the same time warm and move you, such is his versatility.

Before forming Stepout, Gareth was part of a theatre company, which he joined as an already accomplished singer. He won the parts of Enjolras in Les Miserables and then the title role in Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll and Hyde. This performance won him great acclaim as he slipped effortlessly from one character to another.

Moving on to form Stepout, Gareth wrote the lyrics for a one man musical play which they have been touring throughout the summer called 'Gaius', in which he plays three characters. Quite a feat. This concert tour is now giving Gareth the chance to relax and enjoy a wide range of music.

Details of local 'Evening of Song' performances can be seen on the Wyenot News 'What's On?' page.

Multi-Platinum Bic Runga Set To Perform at The Savoy

Bic Runga.

New Zealand songstress Bic Runga is nothing short of a world music legend in the making and her legions of fans include Neil Finn from Crowded House and Brit music magazines, 'Mojo' and 'Uncut'. Bic has had a UK chart single, sold more than two million albums worldwide and is due to perform live at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth on September 15th. The performance is part of ten date UK tour in support of her third studio album, 'Birds'.

Since lighting up the charts in her native country ten years ago with her multi-platinum debut record, 'Drive', the multi-award winning Kiwi songbird has performed a succession of world tours, achieved the rare feat of breaking into the States and even starred at the Royal Albert Hall. 'I'm really looking forward to performing at the Savoy Theatre. It sounds like a fantastic venue and I'm pleased it's part of my UK tour,' said Bic.

Her previous albums, Drive and Beautiful Collision, have gone platinum a total of eighteen times in New Zealand alone; the latter spawning the single, 'Get Some Sleep', a top ten hit in Japan and Ireland which also broke into the UK top 40. Beautiful Collision featured in Mojo magazine's list of the best albums of 2002 and in Uncut's annual critics' poll for the same year.

A must for fans of The Cardigans, Crowded House and Stephen Fretwell, the concert signals the Savoy Theatre's growing reputation as a music venue in the UK. 'They really don't come much bigger than Bic Runga. She's a huge international star known around the world,' said promoter Jan Ayers.

Saturday Night In Town!

Saturday night found me in town with a camera, taking night shots - for reasons which will become apparent elsewhere on this web site within the next week or two. I had a good time doing so, as it happens and even ended up going to Jacqueline's, albeit only for about half an hour. I hadn't been in there for at least twenty five years and it brought memories of youthful times in Ross flooding back.

The point is however. When I go out in town of a Saturday evening with a camera, it always turns out to be a bit like New Year's Eve with groups of people running up and posing. Last Saturday was no exception, even though I was actually trying to photograph something else entirely different.

There are a lot of photos this week and I haven't the room to publish all of these impromptu poses but here are three:
Members of Ross RFC sung me a traditional rugby song. Very tuneful it was too, so I have to show theirs. Is this why Russ came home very drunk during the early hours of Sunday morning? He was trying to be quiet - I could tell by the noise he was making!
Rhi, Lucy, Chaz and others, giving Lucy a good send off to her second year at Cardiff University.
Although I have seen some of you around, I don't know anybody in the bottom photo, I'm afraid. You all seemed to be having a good night out though.




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