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Issue No. 165 - Wednesday, 19th September 2007
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Page 1 [Carnival Rose Bowl Mystery - Wyenot Changes - JKHS German Exchange Students - Doug Eaton at h.Art]
Page 2 [A great day out at Linton fete - Ross Town Band and the Moriston Male Voice Choir pack St. Mary's]
Page 3 [Nature Watch - What's happening in Ross this week - Windscreen smashed in Old Market Close]

Page 4

[Letters - Saturday Night - French Market to return - Foot and Mouth - Rugby - Ross Weather Station]
Page 5 [Herefordshire County News]
A great day out at Linton Village Fete

The sun shone beautifully on Saturday afternoon as many people made their way to Linton Village Fete. The fete was opened at 2 pm by General Sir Peter de la Billiere and there were lots of attractions and competitions going on. Alan was asked to judge the photographic competition, so whilst he was busy judging, German exchange student, Marie Gruenter, Kirsty and myself went off to look at the 'Make a Scarecrow' entries. After looking at some of the brilliant effigies, we tried our hands at 'Play Your Cards Right' (I won a bottle of wine,) and the tombola, (Kirsty won a bottle of men's bath stuff, a toothbrush and a packet of spicy cous cous!) Not sure which one of us came off best.

During the afternoon, visitors were treated to some lovely musical performances by pupils from Gorsley Primary School. A pet show also took place and a great barbecue sizzled on throughout the afternoon. All in all it was a lovely event and we hope that the organizers managed to raise a lot of money for the Linton Church.

General Sir Peter de la Billiere opens Linton Village Fete. Ref: DSC_3328

Liz Denbigh slaving over a hot barbecue. Ref: DSC_1037

Pupils from Gorsley Primary School provide some musical entertainment. Ref: DSC_1070

Some beautiful plants were available. Ref: DSC_1043

Alice and Wyn Beasley from Wellington, New Zealand with their long time friend, Sir Peter de la Billiere. Ref: DSC_1035

A photograph of the photographic competition. Ref: DSC_1075

Linton W.I ladies, Mo Bolwell and Pam Rees judge the jams and marmalades. Ref: DSC_1081

Russell Denbigh and Rotarian, Jim Stewart take over the barbecue. Ref: DSC_1086

Frankenstein's Monster Sacrecrow. Ref: DSC_1051

Not a very scary scarecrow, but very good. Ref: DSC_1050
The Complete Forge. - architectural, sculptured, landscape.





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Moriston Male Voice Choir and Ross Town Band Pack St. Mary's
by Robin Symonds

A near capacity audience at St Mary's were treated to a great evening's entertainment on Saturday night by the Moriston RFC Male Voice Choir, the Ross-on-Wye Town Band and soprano, Jennifer Walker.

Starting as all public performances used to start with rousing national anthems, audience and performers filled their their lungs to The Queen and Cwm Rhondda. The Town Band kicked off with a lively medley by John Miles followed by All I Ask of You from the Phantom of the Opera, in which the solo arranged for euphonium was beautifully played by Jo Handley. The first set finished with an arrangement of the favourite evensong hymn The Day Thou Gavest.

The choir, in splendid voice, then treated us to Roman War Song by Richard Wagner, Let there be Peace on Earth and the Soldier's Chorus from Gounod's Faust.

Jennifer Walker and her accompanist Jan Tubb then came on, and pausing to allow the church clock to strike eight, gave us two lovely arias: O Sleep from Handel's opera Semele followed by Mozart's Una Donna a Quindici Anni from Cosi fan Tutte. This was Jennifer's third appearance in Ross this year, having sung in Ross Choral Society's summer concert A Night at the Opera and a lunchtime recital in the Ross Live! Festival.

Coming up to the interval, the choir's dead-pan compere Robert Harwood, after making light of what must have been keenly-felt regret at the events earlier in the day at The Millennium Stadium, explained that their third number was the South African anthem Sikele Africa to be sung in Welsh, Zulu and Xhosa dialects, which could all have been Welsh as far as most of the audience were concerned I suspect. I wonder if the South African connection was entirely coincidental in a week when England had received such a drubbing from the Springboks.

After the interval, the Town Band returned with the Brideshead Theme and an arrangement of the well-known Concerto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo where the guitar solo was played by Hazel Duncan on the Flugelhorn. This instrument has a mellower voice than its cousin the trumpet and Hazel gave an assured performance where much nimbleness is required. It is good to know that the band has two such accomplished performers as Hazel and Jan.

Following a set by the choir including I'm Gonna Walk and an arrangement by their musical director D Huw Rees of the Perry Como hit Nice 'n' Easy, Jennifer Walker moved into the twentieth century with the well-known Summertime from Porgy and Bess with its testing high C entry and I Could have Danced all Night from My Fair Lady.

Band and choir combined in the Chorus of Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco and the concert finished with audience and choir singing Cwm Rhondda from the English text provided in the programme and a final Land of my Fathers in Welsh.

The concert, which was hosted by the Town Band, reinforced the friendly connection between choir and band which originated in May last year when the choir first visited. They clearly enjoy the welcome they receive and we can expect a very enjoyable evening of music-making to become a regular event in the town.

Moriston Male Voice Choir and Ross Town Band on Saturday evening. Ref: DSC_1106


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