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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 152 - Wednesday, 20th June 2007
Brice and Michael Kirby to perform for Macmillan
a decade ago Dick Brice, 'The Voice of the Forest' and virtuoso
clarinettist, Michael Kirby gave their first charity concert.
With such contrasting performances, Dick Brice was heard
to comment, 'What a bizarre duo!'. Bizarre or not every
subsequent performance has been a sell-out. It is three
years since Dick and Michael last performed together at
the Forest Church, Drybrook, which ended with a standing
ovation. On Friday 27th July 2007, at Ross Baptist Church
7:30 pm, Messrs. Brice, Kirby and Boodle (accompanist to
Michael) will join forces to raise funds for the Macmillan
Cancer Support Appeal for the Charles Renton Unit. The total
required is in the region of 2.5 million pounds. ALL the
proceeds from this concert will be given to this fund. The
artists are appearing without charge. The Macmillan Cancer
Group is most grateful to all who have contributed to staging
Brice will no doubt be his usual irrepressible self and
regale the audience with songs, jokes, stories and asides,
opening the concert with some of his requested compositions.
Behind the humour of his poetry and songs, he often makes
points about the changing nature of the world and man's
place in it. Dick was born and brought up in the Forest
of Dean and casts a critical eye over the changes he has
seen. This is nowhere better summed up than in his song
'The Land Between Two Rivers'. This is the land where Dick
Brice is completely at home.
Kirby, the Ross born Clarinettist is principal clarinet
in the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Clarinet
at the Academy of Orchestral Studies and also Professor
of Clarinet at the Conservatoire de Tenerife. He excels
in his playing and interpretation of works which evince
many moods: introspection, romance, exuberance and tranquillity.
He moves between these creating pictures of tone colours
to suit every composition and does so with consummate ease.
His programme will include Variations on a theme of Rigoletto
(fiendishly difficult, rarely performed), the moving 'Trauma'
by Wagner, Clarinet Sonata by Christopher Boodle, Variations
on a theme of Paganini, Benny Goodman arrangements, Crusell
and other well known works.
success of this unique combination of talents is always
greatly appreciated by a discerning audience and provides
an evening of outstanding entertainment. There really is
something for everyone. Christopher Boodle will be accompanying
Michael Kirby. They have performed together on several occasions.
Born in Gloucester, Christopher now concentrates mainly
on composing for solo organ (three symphonies to date),
playing and accompanying and duties as Director of the Stroud
Festival, are included in a busy schedule.
along and enjoy this happy event. As the critics write -
'A wonderful concert not to be missed'. Concert at Ross
Baptist Church, 7:30 pm, Friday 27th July 2007. Tickets
are selling fast and cost £9.50. Advanced bookings: telephone
01989 564101 or visit Mervyn James, Market Place, Ross-on-Wye.
Come along and join the event of the year.
makes perfect: The first 'Plaetzedeckel' well done!
Emmerzhausen Kindergarten will will be celebrating its 35th
birthday on Sunday 24th June, with a pick´n´mix programme
of events beginning at 11 o'clock. Among other things there
will be 'Westerwaelder specialities' such as 'Westerwaelder
Plaetze' and waffles from served from the wood-fired oven.
Czerwionke and Marc Rosenkranz will be doing the baking
this things on the big day and last weekend they practised
baking waffles (see last week's edition of Wyenot News)
and a few days ago Marc Rosenkranz baked his first "Westerwaelder
thinks, that he has done a great job.
those who would like to try this at home, here is the recipe:
Ingredients: yeast, 1lb flour, 2 eggs, 5 - 6 large
potatoes, salt, and milk for thinning the dough.
potatoes must be mashed and mixed in a dish with the other
ingredients. The milk is for thinning and only enough is
required to allow the dough to space out well on the iron
lid (see fist picture). After
a short time of baking, turn the 'Plaetze'.
can eat it with sugar, butter or nougat cream. Below are
some photos of the "Plaetzedeckel":
macht den Meister - erste "Plätzedeckel" sind gut gelungen
Am 24. Juni 2007 feiert der Kindergarten Emmerzhausen seinen
35. Geburtstag. Mit einem bunten Programm rund um den Kindergarten
starten ab 11 Uhr die Feierlichkeiten (10.00 Uhr Gottesdienst
in der Kapelle). Unter anderem soll es auch Westerwälder
Spezialitäten wie "Westerwälder Plätze" oder Waffeln vom
Holzofengrill geben. Jörg Czerwionke und ich werden an dem
Sonntag die o.g. Westerwälder Spezialitäten herstellen.
Schon letzte Woche haben wir unsere ersten Waffeln gebacken,
dafür haben wir uns extra einen Holzofen gebaut. An diesem
Wochenende habe ich geübt, "Westerwälder Plätzedeckel" zu
backen. Ich muss zugeben, es ist mir sehr gut gelungen.
Für alle, die das Rezept noch nicht kennen, hier ist es:
1 Päckchen trockene Hefe, 1 Pfund Mehl, 2 Eier, 5 bis 6
größere Kartoffeln, Salz und Milch zum Verdünnen des Teiges.
Die Kartoffeln müssen fein gerieben werden und alles kommt
zusammen in eine Schüssel. Die Milch dient zum Verdünnen
des Teiges und es sollte soviel hinzu gegeben werden, dass
sich der Teig gut auf dem "Plätzedeckeleisen" verteilen
lässt. Man kann entweder einen großen "Plätzeckel" oder
drei kleine backen. Nach einer kurzen Backzeit auf der einen
Seite, wird der "Plätzedeckel" dann gewendet. Die "Plätze"
können dann mit Zucker, Butter oder auch Nutella bestrichen
werden...schmeckt sehr gut! Hier nun einige Fotos von den
and Ross-on-Wye make the news in Germany
I often receive emails and calls from people who insist,
'Ross-on-Wye is full of book shops,. Why are none of them
mentioned on Wyenot?!!!' I have even had people argue the
equivalent of 'black is white' with me on the phone when
I have said, 'No. There are only a couple'. I know immediately
of course that the caller is thinking of Hay but I never
let on immediately because doing so would take the fun out
of the call.
takes me back to the days when I worked the Potters Bar,
when licensing hours in most of England forced pubs to close
at 10:30 but in Herefordshire it was 11:00. I got so fed
up with answering the same old question at 10:35, 'Do all
of the pubs in Wales stay open until 11?' that I had some
tee shirts made with the logo, 'WE ARE NOT IN WALES!'.
seems that the Germans on the other hand can see
the difference between the words, ROSS and HAY. I was sent
this newspaper scan by Marc, who did know the difference
but thought the people of Ross would be interested.
also sent me some of my own photos in the German Daily.
It seems though, that Ross is not the only local town to
be getting known in Germany!
headline below roughly translates to, 'City in Wales is
a find pit for book fans'.
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