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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 145 - 2nd May 2007
Week - [Had
it happened on 'The Bill' . . . - Celebrating May Day on May Hill]
to the '60s with Ross in Bloom - Double Barrel at the Plough]
Webb - Ross 2nds out of the cup but play Twickenham in a friendly]
the match was over - Coffee for Uganda]
[Serena's exhibition - Oh Dear, Chris is 50! - Happy 18th, Michelle!
- A knight out at the Prince]
[It was 1977 inside - Concert for Upton Bishop - Elizabeth's Gift -
Successful year - Especially for Jean - Aerial to TV Aerial]
Notice - More May Hill Photos - Weather Station]
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exhibits her stunning photography
photographer Serena Robinson is currently showing some of
her stunning photography in the Dennis Potter Room at Ross
Library. The exhibition began today, Tuesday 1st May and
will be running for two weeks, finishing on Tuesday, 15th.
has been taking photographs for 45 years but decided only
comparatively recently to make photography her profession.
Five years ago, she began photographing people's pets and
now she is expanding into the field of wedding photography.
recently stepped back as much as possible from supplying
the Ross Gazette with photographs myself (I will still be
supplying occasionally but do not wish to be tied), Serena
has also begun to help out with some news photography also,
so you may well see us together at some events. I wish you
a very successful career, Serena and look forward to seeing
you become part of local 'paparazzi' at town events! We
all know one another and get on like a house on fire. Welcome
to the team!
went along today for my own publication, to photograph Serena
setting up her displays and her photographs really are worth
a special visit!
you have a wedding coming up or would like your pet photographed,
Serena can be contacted on 01989 565993.
Dear, Chris is 50!
Congratulations to Chris Constable, who in
nuclear terms, reached his half life
on Tuesday, 24th April 2007!
was surprised by his wife, Sarah and 29 friends with a meal
at the Bengal Lounge in Copse Cross Street on Saturday evening.
Chris' evening then continued for several hours at the Prince
of Wales and beyond.
of your hangover had reached me by midday on Sunday, Chris.
Paul and Sue told me - not that I want to tell tales or
anything. Hope you had a great time and you can also blame
Paul and Sue for requesting the photo!
below, Chris is enjoying his evening with Sarah at the Bengal
Lounge as well as one of the two tables of friends.
18th Birthday Michelle!
Birthday Congratulations to Michelle Kiss,
who was 18 on Saturday, 28th April 2007!
celebrated her 18th birthday with a family party at the
Prince of Wales on Saturday. During the evening, Michelle
was asked to give a speech but was rather lost for words.
When asked if this was usual for Michelle, her father replied,
'No, never. She managed about thirty minutes for a sponsored
silence at the school once.' Michelle managed to thank everybody
for a lovely evening though and despite a couple of threats
avoided being given the bumps!
can be seen below just prior to blowing out the candles
on her surprise birthday cake and also with her proud parents,
Christine and Nick.
knight out at the Prince
- I could not resist that one. Chris Maily, our local knight
in shining armour, was in Hereford on St. George's Day so
he dropped into the Prince of Wales on Saturday evening
to show his patriotism.
Eddie and the Boogie Men' had to cancel their Saturday performance
at the Prince but they were soon replaced by Hereford band,
'Sofa'. The bit I heard sounded brilliant but I'm afraid
I was shattered and could not cope with loud music this
week. The Prince was my seventh photographic venue of the
day. Having had only two hours sleep on Thursday/Friday
and only six on Friday/Saturday, I sat in the garden with
a beer for the latter part of Saturday evening while the
world passed me by.
had intended not to drink on Saturday but my first
evening photos were in the Plough, where somebody insisted
on buying me a drink, second was the Rugby Club and well
- you know rugby players. I was bought another drink in
the Prince (having only just bought myself one) and oops
- my non-drinking evening had turned into a five or six
pinter. Only tiredness and the cool evening air kept me
was inside enjoying the music for much of the night and
everybody told me the band was brilliant. The dance floor
got busy as well but I took the usual photo of Tina dancing
early in the scheme of things - before retiring for some
peace and quiet. Tina should have dyed her hair purple to
go with that 'Space 1999' outfit - or worn the leggings
and hat as well, and stuck a flag of St. George on the front.
Saturday is Saturday Live Club at the prince with 'Back
Alley Sally' and 'Cubra Libra'. That promises to be a great
night! It's a bank holiday weekend as well so, God and the
White Lion willing, we'll see you there, minus the car!
of Jay and Amanda's Saturday music events have changed since
I published last week's article. Please see the 'What's
On?' page for full details.
Successful JKHS Spring Concert
Music Department at John Kyrle is a resounding success due
to the dedication and hard work of the two main music teachers,
Debra Blake and Hillary Petrie, although teachers and students
alike all work hard to ensure the success of any concert
they put on and what a varied treat of a programme was in
store for us. Ben Abbott was the Compere and kept everyone
amused with his repartee during the evening.
. . .
Spring Concert is the last concert of the school year, and
for some of the students it is a bittersweet occasion as
it is their final public performance with the school orchestra
as many of them will be leaving at the end of this academic
performance began with the training orchestra playing ‘Aztec
Fire’. This orchestra seems to grow every concert. 'There
are so many instruments now,' I was told by one of the music
teachers, 'that the only orchestral instrument they do not
have is an oboe'.
came an Oliver Bell trumpet Solo, ‘Espana’ followed by a
delightful flute and clarinet duet, ’The Swan’, from Carnival
of the Animals. Vicky Bailey who, incidentally, came 2nd
in the JKHS X Factor contest this year, performed a lovely
vocal solo, 'Thousand Miles', accompanied by Katie Rogers-Davies.
This was followed by saxophonists: Oliver Bell, Emma Reith,
Nichola Burton, Rebecca Howson and Edmund Evans, with their
rendition of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ and a flute solo by Rachel
Jennings ‘Twinkle Toes'. The Year 11 GCSE group played ‘Intermission’
and Emma Hembry played the flute solo, ‘Buggy’ - a very
excellent Year 11 rock band, consisting of Lee Clement,
Dale Davidson, Mishcha Kopec and Phillip Wallace made their
debut with ‘Controversial Minds’. This was a very complicated
piece with lots of changes of tempo from rap to ballad and
rock. The band have made a CD which took them a year to
record.,I hope they do well with this.
training orchestra then performed, ‘Bright Eyes’, featuring
solos from year 12 leavers. ‘The Best of Queen’ followed
with Alex Naylor on lead vocals and Emma Reith, Sara Kyle,
Jessica Bricknell, Kelsey Smith, and Jade Davies providing
Second half of the concert began with the Senior Concert
Band playing ‘Invicta’ and ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’.
The Chamber Choir, directed by Ms Hazel performed ’Pie Jesu’
and the Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon Choir, a group of 30
to 35 musicians performed ‘Dance of the Hours’ from La Gioconda
(to me it is Hello Mother Hello Father) then ‘Summer’, from
the Victorian Kitchen Garden .
school choir, made up of over 80 members sang three pieces;
‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ from the Vicar of Dibley, ‘A Whole
New World’ from Aladdin, and ‘Wonderful Tonight’, All three
pieces were a joy to listen to. An
absolutely inspirational guitar solo , ‘Holy Thunderforce’
followed, played by Tony Mustow. This was sensational. The
Senior Concert Band then returned with ‘March’ from Soirees
Musicals, followed by my favourite of the night a ‘Salute
to Louis Armstrong’ - a wonderful medley of his tunes including
‘When the Saints come Marching In, St Louis Blues, What
a Wonderful World and Hello Dolly’
final performance of the evening, ‘Zadok the Priest’ was
given by the School Choir and Chamber Orchestra and this
completed a very enjoyable evening. Congratulations to all
who took part and helped to make it such a success.
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