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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 148 - Wednesday, 23rd May 2007
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Bones Theatre are on tour again
Bones Theatre are on tour again, opening at The Savoy Monmouth
on Friday, 22nd June with "Faith Healer" by Brian Friel.
three hander chronicles the life of Frank Hardy, an itinerant
faith healer who, with his wife and his manager, practices
his trade, 'one night only', in the remote villages of Wales
and Scotland. He
believes that the Celtic temperament is more receptive to
his trade. However, since he is perpetually tortured by
doubts about his own powers, his life is blighted by constant
bitterness and resentment. When even the effect of drink
is failing to numb his anguish, he returns to his native
Ireland. Perhaps here he will find peace. But will he?
Friel is widely considered to be one of the greatest living
playwrights in the English language and "Faith Healer" is
acknowledged to be his masterwork.
details of performances, please see the 'What's
On?' page of Wyenot News.
cast from left to right: Howard Jones (Teddy the manager),
Dave Baldwin (Frank Hardy the faith healer) and Margaret Baldwin
(Grace, Hardy's wife).
happening in Ross-on-Wye this week
a quick reminder of a few events happening this week. This
evening at The
White Lion there is an open music session taking place
which will be led by John Edwards. Whether you like to play
along or just listen, you will be very welcome.
Saturday evening there are two events. The first is
being held at The
Old Court Hotel, Whitchurch and begins at 7:30 PM The
music is provided by 'Dog Nozzle' and fancy dress is optional.
Prince of Wales, popular duo 'Little Sister' will be
performing their good range of cover songs.
Sunday a group of students from John Kyrle High School
will be raising money for their Uganda fund by spending
the day car washing. If you would like your car washed,
take it to the car park at Ross labels on Sunday between
8:00 am and 6:00 PM, where you can have the job done for
£5.00. You can earn some brownie points by telling
'er (or 'im) indoors that you did it yourself and your money
will go towards helping the Kisiki College in Uganda.
details of other events in and around Ross-on-Wye, please
visit the 'What's
On' page of Wyenot.com.
note that this week's news prep has taken a long while and
the What's On page is running behind time but will be updated
fully by Wednesday evening.)
Factor star takes to the stage
former X-Factor finalist has joined forces with three other
young talented singers to form a group that will start a
UK tour in June. Classically trained singer James Wisker,
aged 19, from Ross-on-Wye was described as "a young Michael
Ball" by Simon Cowell as he left the television show and
now he is setting out to prove Simon Cowell right by singing
songs from major musicals with his newly-formed group.
to Broadway kick off their UK tour with a launch concert
close to James' home at Blakes, Monmouth on Saturday June
him will be Steve Liddle, who at just 19 has already starred
as Chino in West Side Story, featured on BBC Radio 4 and
has directed shows for one of the country's leading youth
theatre groups. Charlotte Hill, aged 20, has sung in Godspell,
West Side Story and Les Miserables in university productions
and cabaret. Jessica Ball, 19, has performed with the National
Youth Musical Theatre and X-entricity Youth Theatre.
show will include songs from Les Miserables, the Lion King,
Wicked and many more shows that have been hits on Broadway
and in the West End.
James Wisker: "Of course I was disappointed when I left
X-Factor but I saw it as just the start of my career and
to have encouragement from someone like Simon Cowell was
fantastic. There is a huge audience for musical theatre
and all four members of Back to Broadway love the music
and want to bring a fresh, new and exciting element to it.
are younger than most of the other groups touring the UK
with musical theatre shows and we hope that means we can
bring more energy to the songs and bring out some excitement
without changing the music, which gets more popular every
year. The show includes lighting and effects to add a modern
element and some drama for the audience."
to Broadway have bookings taking them through to May next
year. The group have been rehearsing every week but could
not start touring until Charlotte finished her degree at
Bristol University. The group have agreed to raise money
for the registered charity Children with Leukaemia at all
their shows and have produced a demo CD and intend to launch
a first commercial CD later this year.
further information see www.backtobroadway.co.uk. Box office
winning group founder moving on
staff and volunteers at EnviroAbility were shocked when
General Manager Dennis Humble announced that he would be
moving to a new job in July. Dennis's inspirational leadership
led to the setting up of Ryefield Projects 14 years ago,
from which EnviroAbility has evolved. Its original objective,
which remains unchanged today, was to provide opportunities
for users of the Ryefield Day Centre to employ their skills
and energy for the benefit of the community. The group and
their work have been recognized by numerous awards, the
most prominent being the Beacon Award, known as the charity
equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
on by Dennis's boundless enthusiasm and energy, there are
now numerous projects that are being very successfully run
in partnership with the Council and other local and commercial
organizations. The Book Swap shop in Cantilupe Road gives
people the facility to exchange books once no longer wanted;
Green Nappies encourages the use of real cotton nappies
to reduce landfill and provide a far more healthy option
for babies; printer cartridges, paper, clothes and redundant
computers can be recycled at the EnviroAbility recycling
site in Station Road and the ReBox Project, through its
familiar local kerbside collections is recycling thousands
of tonnes of glass, paper and cans that would otherwise
go to landfill. New projects are planned. The next to launch
is Shop Mobility, a service that will assist people with
mobility problems to get around the streets of Ross so they
can do their shopping, go for a trip by the river front,
and perhaps have a meal.
tribute to Dennis for his tremendous work for EnviroAbility
and the greater community of Ross, Chairman of EnviroAbility
Trustees, Antony Lowther, promised him that, whilst he was
going to be a hard act to follow, the Board, staff and volunteers
of EnviroAbility were going to redouble their efforts to
ensure that what Dennis had done so much to create would
continue in the future. To which Dennis replied "Of course
you will, because I'll be checking up on you!"
typical modest style Dennis has declined an EnviroAbility
farewell party but agreed to attend a function to launch
the Shop Mobility Scheme. This will be held on June 29th
at the Prince
of Wales, details available from the Ryefield Centre.
Antony added, "Please carry on contacting EnviroAbility
as before and ask for Martin, or if you would like to find
out more about EnviroAbility's work please go to: www.enviroability.org.uk."
reception held in The White Lion's new, multi purpose pergola
newly finished pergola at The White Lion, Wilton was the
venue for Luggs and Kathrine's evening reception on their
wedding day, Friday 18th May. Around 120 guests attended
the party, dancing the night away in this lovely new facility
and a brilliant time was had by all.
Guests enjoying the warmth of the heated pergola as the evening
cooled. Ref: DSC_7034
Plenty of space to dance or stand and chat with fellow guests. Ref:
The fantastic buffet prepared by Jacqui and chefs Brian and Christo.
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