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Issue No. 123 - 29th November 2006
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Natural Causes

The Phoenix Theatre Company is currently presenting Natural Causes by Eric Chappell which runs until Saturday 2nd December. The play begins at 7.30pm.

Natural Causes is a wickedly funny comedy with as many twists and turns as some of the local minor roads. In fact the play is also a thriller involving murders that may not be murders, suicides that may not be suicides, and victims who may not turn out to be victims. In other words, it is a typical tale of English suburban life with some bizarre input from some eccentric visitors who don't take matters of life and death too seriously. Romance is also part of the mix, but with this playwright don't expect it to be anywhere near conventional. You may want to try some painkillers because your sides may well begin to ache after a short exposure to this wacky play.

The box office is open from at The Phoenix Theatre between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Telephone 01989 564570. The Heritage Centre also sell tickets, which cost £6.00. Telephone 01432 260675 between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Left to right: Tanya Carrington, Dave Thompson, Howard Owen, Paul Delaney and Anne Stirrup.

British Musical Song Performances in Much Birch

The Halfway Community Theatre performed songs from British musicals at Much Birch Village Hall over the weekend, to an audience of around eighty per show. The evenings took the form of a split show with a supper served during the break. Donations from money raised at performances are given to two local charities per year, which are decided by members of the theatre and members of the committee.

The Halfway Community Theatre, based at Much Birch Village Hall is a small group of mixed-age concert party enthusiasts. They present two main 'supper concerts' per year for two nights at a time, singing songs which are interspersed with monologues, poems and even the odd sketch. Past concert themes have included, 'A Musical Tour of the British Isles', 'Stars and Stripes', 'Rustle of Spring' plus last weekend's performance, which included music ranging from folk ballads through to popular airs and tunes from shows.

'We are fortunate enough to have a Musical Director who is an ex-professional accompanist and singer, and members include semi-professional singers and actors, one or two teenagers and a large number of keen amateurs who may or may not be able to read music.'

New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the group, you are welcome to call Sally Hayter on 01981 540502.

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Time and Time Again

This year's Autumn production of the Goodrich Arts Society was Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Time and Time Again. Ayckbourn is staple fare for amateur theatre groups and this play is one of his best. Time and Time Again was performed at Goodrich Village Hall from last Wednesday to Saturday.

Although written in 1971, the play translates easily to the present day. The humour comes from the fact that we all recognize something of ourselves in the characters. The play is set in the garden of a suburban house of the Bakers which adjoins a recreation field where football and cricket is played as the seasons unfold, both of which play a large part in the action.

Time and Time Again centres around Leonard who, when not talking to the garden gnome Bernard, catches the eye of Joan the fiancee of sport mad Peter. Leonard's sexually frustrated brother-in-law Graham Baker also makes a move towards Joan. When Graham catches Leonard and Joan kissing in the garden pond, Graham and his wife Anna decide that Peter must be told of the relationship. However Leonard's attempt at telling Peter the truth takes an unexpected turn.

The cast included Andy Petersen, Glen Cawdeary and Lucy Davies, all of whom appeared in the Goodrich productions of Ayckbourn's Table Manners and Living Together. Also in the cast are Barbara Isle and Tim Morris who both appeared in the last Goodrich production of Fish Out of Water.

In f ront: Lucy Davies. Back row: Barbara Isle, Glen Cawdeary, Tim Morris & Andy Petersen

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

If you think you get sent a lot of spam (junk emails) just take a look at the screen print below, which is from my Wyenot News main computer this morning (Monday). The 4,190 junk mails came in over night and this is not a one off - it happens every morning of the year when I load my email programme. I delete these and they then keep coming at the same rate throughout the day. It drives me mental.

The reason I receive so many is because '' has become a extremely highly visited web domain averaging around 25,000 hits per day - 'hits' meaning that something out there is accessing files/images on the wyenot web server. About 5,000 of those 'hits' per day are genuine visitors to and Wyenot News.

The site is getting more and more popular every year, which is great, but this can also cause problems. Next year, I might have to think about killing off the .com mail server entirely and using (which I also own) just for the purpose of receiving email as I have kept that domain as a reserve and it does not yet get 'spammed'.

The thing is, 99.9% of these emails are sent out by sad Americans who insist on offering me Wall Street stock exchange information, cheap drugs or the opportunity to get a 'big dick'. If I wanted one of those, I would move to the USA - it's absolutely full of 'em!

When you receive your twenty or so junk mails per day, please think of me, tearing what's left of my hair out in frustration while I have to wait half an hour for them all to download before I can begin to sort out the half a dozen or so genuine ones.

I would let them download overnight but I dare not risk it. I always close the email program at nights in case one of the junk mails contains a malicious script which bypasses my filters.


Looking for the Titmuss Family

Hi Alan,

A few weeks ago I met and chatted to a driver at Bedford about Ross, I had explained to him that from 0 to 14 years old I spent every summer and more at my grandparents cottage, 3 Sandyway Cottages at Weston and wondered what ever happened to the Titmuss family who lived next door? He suggested that I contact you as you may be able to help.

My wife and I now visit Ross from Chatham in Kent every year in May as my grandparents and father are buried at St. Lawrence, Weston. We stay at the Hostelry in Goodrich for a long weekend. We once met David in the Weston cross many years ago when my Dad was alive. Anyway, I just thought it would be nice to meet them all again after all these years!

The boys that I knew were Francis and David and the girls were Pamela, Rosemary and Sandra (who if I remember rightly shares the same birthday 28 August).

It would be nice to see them all again and may be all have a drink together, of course if everybody felt the same!

Anyway Alan I do hope that you do not mind the intrusion and hope you may pass on this message.

Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you,

Kind regards,

Brian Hovey

I do not know the Titmuss family myself or any drivers in Bedford for that matter but I have explained about Wyenot News to Brian, who initially thought my connection was fishing and promised that I would publish his enquiry here. If you are able to help in any way, please email and I will pass on your information.


Please note that running posters is something I would not normally do on Wyenot News. I have made this one an exception because the event takes place this Saturday and the news item arrived on Tuesday when I had all but finished editing the news on Monday evening. Due to family health issues, I needed to be in Cheltenham all day Tuesday and left just the final stages of editing for the evening.
(Just so that I do not get flooded with poster publishing requests.)

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Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important stations around the country which regularly sends data to the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice per day by husband and wife team, June and Rex Swallow.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 20th November 2006
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 5.3 5.9 0 3.0 0.1 1.3 6.2
Rainfall (mm) 0.2 Trace 8.0 8.1 20.1 3.1 8.2
Rainfall (inches) .01 Trace .32 .32 .79 .12 .32
Maximum Temperature (C) 12 8 13 11 13 11 13
Maximum Temperature (F) 54 46 55 52 55 52 55
Minimum Temperature (C) 2 5 4 6 6 8 7
Minimum Temperature (F) 36 41 39 43 43 46 45
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 47 41 41 46 45 48 45
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (F) 48 48 48 48 48 49 49

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