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No. 115 - 4th October 2006
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After the resounding successes of their previous shows,
hugely talented local theatre group X-entricity are preparing
to thrill audiences with another spectacular piece of 'Musical
under the direction of former performing member Steve Liddle,
X-entricity are renowned for the sheer quality of their
performances. Past productions have included 'Godspell',
'West Side Story', 'Return to the Forbidden Planet', 'Les
Miserables' and, most recently, 'Jekyll & Hyde'.
three days in October, the 12th, 13th and 14th, audiences
at the Larruperz Centre will be spellbound, as X-entricity
bring the very best of the West End to Ross on Wye. Featuring
scenes and musical numbers from a host of award winning
shows, from well-loved classics including 'Phantom of the
Opera' and 'Blood Brothers', to exciting new musicals such
as 'The Lion King' and 'We Will Rock You', 'Musical Magic'
promises to be an unmissable treat.
powerful ballads, hauntingly beautiful choral selections
and electric ensemble numbers, 'Musical Magic' has something
for everyone. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be dancing
in the aisles. You'll be humming the tunes for days afterwards
- this certainly won't be a night you'll forget in a hurry!
outstanding show comes to the Larruperz Centre, Ross on
Wye, on the 12th, 13th and 14th of October, and tickets
are available from the Centre (01989 565465)
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Extra night added due to popular demand! Tickets now available
for Saturday, 21st October!
on Fire and The Hamsters at the Monmouth Savoy
If you thought the Rolling Stones were gluttons for gigging
punishment, then you haven't met Britain's biggest blues
band The Hamsters, who play at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth
on October 7. In the 20 years they've been strumming guitars
and stomping the roads together, the band has amazingly
played nearly 4,000 shows, right across the globe.
This makes Mick and Keef look as lazy as Thom Yorke's droopy
eye doesn't it?
the band's website includes an animation of Simon Cowell
being peed upon, which just about sums the band up. They
hate all things X Factor and love the blues. In fact, rumour
has it that if you cut lead guitarist Slim he'd bleed blue
blood, which isn't really that surprising bearing in mind
God of blues, Albert Collins, declared him one of his children.
by Radio 2's legendary disc shufflers Bob Harris and Johnny
Walker, The Hamsters have supported three chord riff kings
Status Quo, get a whopping 1000 hits a day on their website,
and were voted the UK's best blues-rock band by the readers
of Blueprint magazine. Featuring Reverend Otis on drums
and Zsa Zsa on bass, it is the band's frontman and guitarist
Slim whose blistering fret board antics have kept thousands
of fans coming back for more. Voted one of the top 100 guitarists
of all time in a radio poll by LBC, Slim's hamster graffitied
guitar and gifted fingers have earned the band the honour
of being one of the most highly respected performers of
the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top. Be prepared though
to be blown away by their own tunes as well. Tickets £12
in advance. Box office: 01600 713007.
The Great Pretender himself, the enigmatic Freddie Mercury,
would have been 60-years-old this month, making Saturday's
(Sep 30) performance at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth by
Queen On Fire, even more special. Britain's best-loved Queen
tribute act - formally known as Killer Queen - paid homage
to the rock icon with a show hailed by die-hard Queen fans
as one of the best around. And frontman Scott Maley, the
band boasts arguably the best Freddie Mercury impersonator
to have ever donned that famous regal-yellow jacket.
how the band begun, Scott said: 'We began as a cover band
called Kid Gluvz and we used to end each set with a Queen
medley. The whole thing just snowballed from there and we
became Killer Queen back in 1993.' Now known and loved by
thousands of Queen fans across the globe as Queen On Fire,
the band is officially one of Europe's biggest tribute acts.
In fact, the band has grown so big they rarely get a break
from touring, with a stack of gigs pencilled into their
diaries right up until the end of the year.
for the band include headlining the International Queen
Convention, playing to 10,000 people on the beach at St.
Tropez for the world famous HOG rally, and topping the bill
at two sell-out shows at the Mediterranean Conference Centre
in Valletta Queen On Fire also includes gifted fret board
magician Simon Lilley as Brian May, sticksman Stephen Tromans
as drummer Roger Taylor, and bassist David Jenkins as John
Deacon. Tom Bissell plays keyboards.
Gardeners' Question Time
A 'Gardeners' Question Time' with BBC Radio Presenter, Mike
George and Gardening Guru, Reg Moule took place at Ross
Bowling Club during the evening of Tuesday, 26th September.
All proceeds from the event went to the National Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and will be used
by the local NSPCC, within the county of Herefordshire.
A great evening was enjoyed by the many gardeners who attended,
raising funds for this extremely worthy cause.
go to all who sponsored the event. Plants for sale on the
evening were kindly donated by Ross Garden Store and prizes
for the raffle were donated by many local businesses. An
excellent buffet was provided by the .Rumbling Tum' and
Herefordshire College of Technology were the main sponsors
of the event.
below during the evening are Betty McAllen, Gail Whyte,
Grazya Roberts, Joy Kinsman and Ann Dew, all of the NSPCC
with Gardening Guru, Reg Moule and BBC Radio Presenter,
Kyrle Pupils Celebrate European Awareness Day
Along with schools all over the country, John Kyrle High
School held a non-uniform day for years 7 and 8 on Tuesday
to celebrate European Awareness day. Pupils came in costumes
typical of a European country or national colours. The
canteen staff prepared a healthy international menu which
was greatly appreciated by the pupils.
the day, lower school pupils arrived at the modern languages
department and were treated to a Blockbusters quiz about
France or Spain, games of Lotto in three new languages -
Welsh, Russian and Italian and a treasure hunt which led
the pupils around the school hunting for such items as 'un
trombone' (not a musical instrument!).
staff took the register in a foreign language, including
Klingon and taught part of a lesson in a different language.
Staff were surprised to find a pupil asking to do her English
work in German and a pupil from Latvia discussing her mother
tongue text book with her Physics teacher.
Hughes, head of Modern Languages said, 'Everyone involved
thoroughly enjoyed the day that brought the Continent a
little closer to home'.
Twin cellists Andrew and Jonathan Evans, pictured below
with Suzuki teacher Barrie Moore, passed their Associated
Board Grade 1 exam with flying colours - a distinction each
with 131 marks.
was amazing that they should each have achieved identical
totals, because they had different marks in different parts
of the exam, but it will have been good for domestic peace'
said Barrie 'I'm very pleased with their progress and soon
they will be playing in our junior orchestra.'
Ross-on-Wye Suzuki class meets at the Ryefield Centre on
Monday afternoons in term time. Children aged between 4
and 8, with no previous experience, can join to learn violin,
viola, cello and double bass, all of which can be hired
in reduced sizes to suit any child. Research has shown that
learning to play an instrument motivates and raises achievement
in other fields.
about joining Ross-on-Wye Suzuki Group at The County Collection,
1 Market Place, or ring Robin Symonds on 01989 563883 (daytime)
or 730439 (evenings).
for all the family (but especially Mum)
A special activity day will be taking place on Sunday 15th
October 2006 at Bishopswood
House in Ross-on-Wye between 11am and 4pm to mark World
Rural Women's Day and to celebrate the role of women in
Herefordshire and the world.
with a debate at 11am on the modern day input of women in
rural areas, the day offers a range of activities for all
ages. There will be a five mile walk/run in the Wye Valley;
a treasure hunt for kids; stalls held by local businesses
with an emphasis on women's businesses; workshops and private
sessions in shiatsu, reflexology, stress management, spiritual
healing, manicures, pedicures and belly-dancing. Local and
Fairtrade produce will be served for lunch around midday.
The day will cost £10 per adult (£5 for under 18s and free
for under 5s) and all proceeds will go to Concern Universal,
the Herefordshire based charity which is working to relieve
the affects of poverty around the world.
Lloyd-Hayes on the debate panel said: 'I'm delighted to
have been asked to speak at the World Rural Women's Day
event and will be in good company on the panel. I'm looking
forward to taking part in the walk, too.' Of rural women's
issues, she said: 'I would like to see more political representation
of rural women both here and abroad. I want to see women
achieve more, but under their own merit. They shouldn't
have doors opened for them. Women make excellent politicians
because we are able to see the far-reaching consequences
of our actions. We have a holistic approach to problems,
working through co-operation and collaboration. And after
all, we are known for our multitasking!'
about rural women: In the UK exactly half of all employees
in rural areas are women and a third of all self-employed
people are women. And in Herefordshire, a fundamentally
rural county, there are more female workers than male (not
including the armed forces and agriculture). There are at
least 1.6 billion rural women - that's more than a quarter
of the total world population. These women produce more
than half of all the food grown around the globe, yet they
own only 2% of the land and receive only 1% of all agricultural
credit. However, despite their economic input, the number
of rural women in this country and overseas living in poverty
has doubled since 1970. That's according to the International
Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) who are working
to raise awareness of these problems and to encourage governments
to direct more resources to women in rural areas.
these facts in mind the debate which headlines the activity
day is entitled, 'Are women leading the way in diversifying
rural incomes the world over?' The hour long debate will
seek to link the experiences of rural women from developed
and developing countries, to consider the common causes
and to discuss what lessons can be learnt from one another.
The panel consists of: Marcelle Lloyd Hayes (councillor,
former mayor of Hereford), Bev Haywood (of WiRE - Women
in Rural Enterprise), Felicity Norman (speaker for the Herefordshire
Green Party), Roslyn Aubrey (of MONEW - Monmouthshire Enterprising
Women) and Carey Glyn-Jones (dairy farmer who diversified
into ice cream making and also has international development
Kyrle Students at the Café Royal
John Kyrle's Head Boy and Head Girl, Jacob Stroud and Roberta
Fisher, attended the 2006 National Student Voice conference
at London's impressive Café Royal on 28th of September.
The event, run by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust,
provided an invaluable opportunity to communicate with specialist
schools across the country.
the course of the day delegates took the opportunity to
exchange ideas with students of all ages and backgrounds,
on subjects as varied as personalized learning and eco-schools.
day was a notable success, providing inspiration for the
improvement of learning in schools and allowing student
voices an impact on national educational issues.
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