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No. 112 - 13th September 2006
Open Day - Wilton Animal Rights Demonstration]
[Herefordshire Art Week]
[Ross Yachtsman Drowned - Heading the Field in Physics - JKHS - Theatre
- Saturday Night In Town]
Open Day at St. Mary's, Kempley - British Legion]
Cider Champions - Poetry at Ross Library - Rowing - Rugby]
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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.
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.
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.
was a well known character in Ross-on-Wye. Our thoughts
are with his family at this time.
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.
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
opening his A level results on 17th August 2006. DSC_4665
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.
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.
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.
of these recent improvements were commented on in the outstanding
Ofsted report that came from a short inspection last November.
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 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.
of the 2006 new intake at JKHS.
Celebration of song!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
of local 'Evening of Song' performances can be seen on the
Wyenot News 'What's
Bic Runga Set To Perform at The Savoy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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