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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 139 - 21st March 2007
Week - [Comic
Relief, Gorsley and Goodrich Schools - Mourning CSO Paul penman]
[Comic Relief at JKHS - Free Stuff - Open Days at Wilton Castle - Happy
News for Matt - Andy Margrett at the Prince] [Kempley
and Dymock Daffodils - Letters]
[JKHS on Teachers' TV - The Moon and Saturn - Little Shop of Horrors
- Odds On Favourites - Phoenix Awards - Music Festival]
Bazaar - Bursary Awards - Readers' Photos - Nature Watch - Weather Station]
[Wyenot TV] [What's
to Z Site Map] [Property]
on TV for Comic Relief
The Big Cook Challenge for Comic Relief, which was filmed
at the Market House, in the school and at the Bridge House
Hotel last November was broadcast last week on Teachers'
TV. If like me you missed it, there is another chance to
see the show on the Teachers' TV web site.
is a half hour long programme which is entertaining and
features quite a few local people.
here to go to the watch it again page of the Teachers' TV
web site. It will open in a separate window.
Moon and Saturn
I took these photos of the Moon and the planet, Saturn tonight,
Tuesday, 20th March, having already virtually finished the
final stages of prep for this week's issue of Wyenot News
and have added them quickly at the last minute with virtually
were taken from Symonds Yat East. The planet Saturn is currently
relatively close to Earth and as a result, the rings can
be seen with very modest optical equipment. Saturn is so
bright at the moment that it is visible in the West before
dark and tonight, along with the crescent Moon, made for
a spectacular sight.
effect of seeing the whole moon was not caused by an eclipse.
Due to the moon being close to the sun, what you were seeing
if you looked at the sky just after dark is known as the
'Gengenschein'. As during a full Moon, we on Earth can see
by moonlight, on the moon it works just the same. During
a full Earth, the Moon is lit brightly by Earthlight.
photos below turned out to be very expensive to achieve.
There's a bit of a story to go with them... Today has been
extremely stressful for me from a getting everything done
in time point of view as Tina and I had arranged to spend
the evening socially with our friends, Nick and Angie Stephens
at Symonds Yat.
did get to see Nick and Angie and had a lovely evening,
chatting and playing music on our guitars. In order to achieve
this few hours of relaxation though, I had one Hell of a
the morning, Bernice and I took Matt to Cheltenham to hear
the result of his scan. I then gobbled a quick burger in
Burger Star before knuckling down to final prep for the
news. I had prepped as much as I could during the preceding
days and Tina helped out by editing text sent in, during
the morning whilst I was away but, as per usual, lots of
news items arrived at the very last minute. I managed to
prep all but the final indexing of pages when we went off
to see our friends, thinking that I would spend just another
hour to finish off after our evening out.
the way to Symonds Yat, I noticed Saturn and the Moon and
thought, 'I must photograph that!' It was a once in a lifetime
opportunity to catch the two looking so pretty together.
However, we were running late for our friends. Deciding
to drop Tina off to explain what I was doing, I drove to
Symonds Yat East and in my hurry to drop her and get back
to a suitable location to photograph the phenomenon before
the Moon set, in the total darkness I reversed my car hard
into a stone wall. Nothing comes easy. The two photos below
have probably cost me several hundred quid in car repairs
Shop of Horrors
Think of Easter, and you may think of daffodils and pretty
spring flowers. This Easter, X-entricity's latest production
brings a whole new breed of plant to Ross on Wye! Talented
local theatre group X-entricity are joined for their latest
spectacular production by a very special type of plant -
an 'Audrey II'.
by down and out Skid Row florist's assistant Seymour Krelbourn,
and named after the girl who is his secret love, Audrey
II has a mysterious craving - for fresh blood! Seymour becomes
an overnight sensation, as Audrey II grows into an ill-tempered,
rhythm-and-blues singing carnivore, offering Seymour fame
and fortune if he continues to feed its growing appetite.
Seymour, his boss Mushnik, Audrey and her sadistic dentist
boyfriend are caught up in the plant's evil plans as its
true motives become clear . . .
gleefully gruesome musical has a Motown inspired score,
by composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who also worked
together on Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little
Mermaid and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, X-entricity's
Little Shop of Horrors promises an unmissable Easter treat
for all the family.
Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist.
Find them at the Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye, on the 5th,
6th 7th and 12th, 13th and 14th April 2007. Tickets are
available from the Centre - Tel 01989 565465
Cooper, Jennie Allen, Dorothy Rayner, E.J. Martin (and Chris Wynn's
Naylor, Jennie Allen, Joe Taylor, E.J. Martin, Michelle Cooper.
Lions Odds On Favourites
Ross-on-Wye Lions Club held their annual Cheltenham Gold
Cup Eve Race Night at the Chase Hotel and, including the
Lions, over 100 turned up to enjoy an evening of exciting
racing. After a slow start, while waiting for latecomers,
the atmosphere began to rise. The excitement of the chase
soon got the younger element, a group of young people from
local firm PGL who came along to really let their hair down
and also support a good cause, shouting. Another large group
of punters was made up of Lions wives and their friends,
not wanting to miss out on the fun and lend a hand in running
the event. The usual Irish contingent was also in attendance,
although not in such big numbers this year. There were only
23 of them but they were more than generous.
. . .
members of the Ross Lions Club in their Dinner Jackets, running
Ross Lions charity fund benefited to the sum of £1,400 on
the night. This is no wonder when such generosity is shown
in an effort to raise funds for local charities. A chocolate
Easter Bunny was auctioned off for £40, the winning bid
coming from a local Lion member. A hat, donated by local
postman James Weatherhead, autographed by jockey Ruby Walsh,
raised a further £40. The winner of this item must have
been pleased when Ruby rode the winner of the Gold Cup Race
the next day and its value would have risen considerably.
must go to the guests, most of all the 'Irish' visitors,
for the racing, the Chase Hotel for allowing the Lions to
hold their Race Night on the premises, Sponsors of the Race
Card and sponsors of each race. The Lions also appreciate
all the effort put in by Bill Sheldon from Birmingham who
acts as projectionist, organizes the Tote and carries out
the auctions. Bill has done this for many years. Members
of the Lions Club won't be mentioned individually, but they
all deserve a pat on the back for running this event year
If you attended this years Ross Lions Race Nigh and enjoyed
yourself then tell all your friends and bring them along
Lions wives and friends.
for the Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix Theatre won two prestigious awards at the Hereford
County Drama Festival, the preliminary round of The All
England Theatre festival.
Pauley entered the third act of his play Resonant Frequency,
which ran at The Phoenix last September.
team won two awards; Robin Haig as Boffin took The Belmont
Trophy for best actor while Ian Pauley took the Andrews
Shield for best original play.
Hall and Lawrence Kettle both drew praise for their performances
as Host 1 and Host 2.
is looking for more success later on this year when his
next play, Poppy Appeal, gets its premiere in September.
Before then there will be five productions, the first of
which, London Suite, will run form the 14th to the 21st
details are available The Phoenix Theatre website www.the-phoenix-theatre.org.uk.
from left to right at the back are Robin Haig, Denise Hall
and Lawrence Kettle. Seated in front is Ian Pauley.
Ash Legend Headlines Raglan Music Festival
small Welsh village in Monmouthshire will host one of rock’s
biggest stars in June as part of an annual music festival
which is attracting fans from around the world. Martin Turner,
the definitive voice, creative force and founding member
of British rock legends Wishbone Ash, will headline this
year’s Raglan Music Festival, which in just two years has
grown to become a recognized part of the Welsh music calendar.
Launched in 2005 the popular three-day music event has won
fans from as far a field as Scotland, England and even mainland
Europe. Most concerts are free and all money raised is used
to fund future festivals and music in the local community.
year’s festival opens on 9th June and organizers have had
to use their imaginations to find suitable venues in the
quaint village for acts to perform. They include a pub,
a church and even Raglan Castle. Other highlights include
performances by BBC National Orchestra of Wales flutist
Catherine Handley, ska giants 'The Big' who also play at
this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and the rousing Blaenavon
Male Voice Choir, who will become the first act to perform
an open-air concert at Raglan Castle.
more interesting performances on the bill include traditional
hand bell ringing and sultry Jazz on the Terrace. In total
more than thirty bands, musicians and singers will perform
at the annual community event, though the appearance of
Wishbone Ash legend Martin Turner is a real coup for organizers.
formed the band in the late 60s, and they went on to release
a string of timeless rock classics including their groundbreaking
self-entitled debut and follow-ups Pilgrimage and Argus.
In 1969 they played their first gig at a hall in Dunstable
– they were paid just £5. Twelve months later they signed
to MCA Records, after being recommended by Deep Purple,
for $250,000. They were quickly hailed as the Best New Band
by influential music bible Melody Maker. More
than 30 years on the band remains one of the most endearing
rock forces of the 70s, and their albums remain strong sellers
around the world, proving an inspiration for a generation
of guitar players.
well as being able to listen to a feast of music, festival-goers
who fancy bringing along their own instruments can enjoy
performing in one of the open jam sessions, while a series
of music workshops will be staged for budding young musicians
to hone their talents. Festival committee member Charles
Fountain said: 'The festival is a wonderful community event
for the people of Raglan and Monmouthshire to enjoy, though
even to our own surprise we have had visitors from other
parts of the UK and abroad too.
festival itself is a not for profit, community event and
is funded through a combination of ticket sales, sponsorship,
grants and donations. Each evening climaxes with star-studded
performances in the function room of the Beaufort Hotel.
all believe this year’s event is the most exciting yet and
look forward to seeing such a gifted mixture of established
stars and local musicians and singers performing.'
can now book seats for this year’s ticket-only concerts,
including Martin Turner, at www.raglan-festival.org.
Castle. Ref: P3165512
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