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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 163 - Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Zebras, Tina Dancing and Alan Not Dancing
band that were due to play at the Prince of Wales on Saturday
night, 'Trial by Fire' cancelled at the last minute due
to sickness and so the Zebras kindly took their place. Tina
and I went along for the second part of their performance,
having been covering the Cider Festival for most of the
day and evening.
a last minute booking, there was no time for advertising
and so the usual Zebras following was in short supply but
still quite a few turned up and the band played exceptionally
well. The Zebras do actually have their own web site now,
managed on 'My Space' by drummer, John Brown and it can
be found at www.thezebras.net.
week, Tina danced with Ali Randell - the two most avid Zebras
It might look like I was also dancing with Ali but I was
was declining to dance but the camera caught me in the process
of starting to walk away, thus giving the impression that
photo number three is the one and only 'Alan Dancing' photo
in existence. The camera CAN lie and the photo depicts nothing
more than a 1/000th second snapshot in time, which totally
distorts the truth. Honest!
The Zebras on Saturday night. Ref: DSC_0662
Tina and Ali dancing. Ref: DSC_0672
Alan very definitely NOT dancing. It was Ali, not me. Ref: DSC_0672
Ross Country Market Celebrates 60 years
Formerly known as the W.I Market, Ross Country Market was
established 60 years ago and on Saturday, 8th September
a special extended market will take place at the Royal Hotel
between 8.45am and 1.30pm. Everybody is welcome to go along
and see what is on offer from home produced fruit and vegetables,
home-made cakes and jams, fresh eggs and many hand crafted
special celebratory cake will be cut by Deputy Mayor, Councillor
John Davies at 11am and refreshments are available throughout
Side of the Moon at the Prince of Wales
information on this event will be published next week.
few weeks ago, I showed a photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavour
docked with the International Space Station overflying Ross
at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour. That photo was a little
uninteresting. The one sent in by Greg Stephens is much
and his wife, Pat were at the launch in Florida. They were
unable to get closer than a few miles away but were impressed
by the smoke trail as the Shuttle headed for Earth Orbit,
and even more impressed by the sound, which literally shook
a matter of interest regarding the sound: When the giant
Saturn 5 rockets took off from Florida to take men to the
Moon, the earth tremor produced by their 7.5 million tonnes
of thrust could be measured in Cornwall!
Space Shuttle, Endeavour heading for earth orbit last month.
the Peacock Feather in the Angel's Wings
Open Days Sunday, 9th September
at the Kempley Heritage Open Days event completes a busy
diary of short talks about Kempley church buildings -endowed
with unique examples of medieval Arts, wood and stone carving
created by artisan craftsmen in the C12th-14th, mirrored
by the more recent C20th Arts & Crafts architectural features.
local schools Arts initiative by The Friends (The Big Draw
- October 13th 2007) supported by English Heritage, starts
today. Throughout the Heritage Open Days event villagers
with special subject interests are giving talks on different
aspects of village heritage from buttresses to stained glass,
850 years of architecture to the History of Worship in this
small village (pop. 250).
St Edward's (1904) Reverend Vi Chester engages children
in a tour of the building looking at the unusual stone,
wood, iron and glazing details. Launching the Friends' Arts
initiative with a newly published Children's Guide, details
of "The Big Draw" event in the village in October, and a
new playgroup for toddlers named "TEDS" starting this autumn
in the village hall. "One of our aims is to bring together
children from the three village schools straddling the Hereford/
Gloucester border, and engage them with their medieval and
more recent heritage so richly endowed here in Kempley"
says Rev Vi Chester, Minister for the Parish.
- 3.30pm St Mary's - The 'Master of Stained Glass' Charles
Kempe (d.1907) secretes his signature peacock feather 'eye'
in the angel's wing of the Madonna and Child altar window
- guided talk of this 12th century church art by Rev. Jonathan
St Edward's - Arts & Crafts 1900 Design People: short guided
talks by village commercial artist Fred Crellin St Edward's
has museum-standard examples of cabinet making, joinery,
metalwork, and simple artisan-made fittings - from the gates
to the pews, from hinges to lecterns. Fred puts the Cotswold
designers of Gimson and the Barnsleys, plus Lethaby's architectural
ideas executed by Randall Wells, into context of the Arts
& Crafts movement of the early 1900's. Exploring the talent
of the local stonemason, blacksmith and builder, a thread
runs through to today with the recent Friends' renovation
of the lychgate stone paving.
9th 6.30pm EVENSONG at St Mary's: Rev. Vi Chester: Services
are only held three times a year at this English Heritage
owned site. In celebration of the Heritage Open Days event
do come and fully experience this spiritual space, and reflect
on over 850 years of worship on the final occasion this
2.00 - 4.30pm TEAS Sat & Sun 12.30 - 2.00pm PLOUGHMANS The
famous Daffodil Teas crew are serving Teas and Home-made
Cakes at the Village Hall each afternoon, with Ploughman's
Lunches on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th from 12.30pm.
Photo Archive: Cantilupe School and Ross Station
you to Ian Hale for sending in the photo below of the Cantilupe
school. Ian said, 'As it is now 50 years ago I thought it
should have a showing somewhere (everybody will have been
born in 1949/50 apart from the teacher and headmaster -
you also to Clive Wood (no relation to myself) who sent
in the two photos of Ross Train Station. In the top of the
two photos, which Clive thinks was taken just before it
closed, his father, George Wood is third from the right.
The other is of Ross Station, looking towards Gloucester.
The Cantilupe School with those born in 1949/50.
Ross Station just before it closed.
Ross Station, looking towards Gloucester.
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