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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 185 - Wednesday, 13th February 2008
Lovell at Broome Farm last year. Ref: DSC_3711
Live! is again bringing a concert to St Mary's on Palm Sunday,
16th March. This year we are departing from the Passion
format, mainly because the Hereford Cathedral choir perform
J S Bach's St John and St Matthew on the Tuesday of Holy
Week in alternate years, and we performed two of the shorter
not-by-J S Bach Passions in 2006 and 2007. So this year,
we have chosen two Bach cantatas.
first, Himmelskoenig sei willkommen (King of Heaven be welcome)
was composed for Palm Sunday 1714 when Bach was at Weimar.
The words, which are preceded by a short Sinfonia, are a
devotional poem set into three choruses with tenor, bass
and contralto arias. This is followed by the better-known
Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in the bonds of death)
which was composed for Easter 1708. This piece again starts
with a little Sinfonia, followed by seven verses including
three choruses, and arias for soprano, contralto and tenor.
A luscious violin obbligato interweaves with the tenor solo
in Verse III.
second half of the concert consists of the wonderful Stabat
Mater by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725). This is a setting
of the 13th Century poem Stabat Mater dolorosa by which
many composers, ranging from Palestrina to Poulenc have
been inspired. It describes Christ's Mother grieving at
the foot of the Cross. As with the better-known Pergolesi
version which we performed in 2006, it has soprano and alto
arias and duets. It is a haunting piece which is being sung
by soprano Clementine Lovell and mezzo soprano Polly May.
Clementine, whose parents live at Peterstow, gave a recital
there last summer and is making her first
appearance for Ross Live!. Polly first came to Ross as a
memorable Sorceress in our 2006 production of Dido and Aeneas
and will be returning in August as Mrs Noye in Benjamin
Britten's Noye's Fludde. She has made several appearances
with Hereford Choral Society and was the contralto soloist
in Ross Choral Society's Messiah in December 2006. Our soloists
in the Bach cantatas are young singers from the Birmingham
Conservatoire, William Helliwell tenor and Andrew Fellowes
bass. The orchestra, consisting of strings, recorder, harpsichord
and chamber organ will be the Musical and Amicable Society
Baroque Orchestra directed from the harpsichord by Martin
Perkins and the choir is the Ross-on-Wye Baroque Singers
directed by David Backhouse.
to generous sponsorship by the Alan Cadbury Charitable Foundation,
we are able to price all tickets at £12. All seats are unreserved
and tickets are now on sale at The Tourist information Centre,
Swan House, telephone 01989 562768 and at The County Collection,
1 Market Place telephone 01989 563883. As with all Ross
Live! concerts, two schoolchildren of 16 and under are free
accompanied by a ticket holder. Please note that the concert
starts at 6.30pm and not the usual 7.30.
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Hearts for St. Valentine's Day
Heritage Centre was packed with children on Tuesday, where
a 'Make hearts for St. Valentine's Day' activity session
was going on. Karen Meiklejohn of The Green Eyed Monster
Company showed the children how to go about making some
heart shapes from willow, which were then prettily decorated
with all kinds of materials. The children all seemed to
be thoroughly enjoying themselves and will probably return
to the Heritage Centre again on Friday, where they will
get the opportunity to make gifts for Mothers' Day.
of children turned up to make Valentine's hearts. . . Ref: DSC_4155
. . there wasn't room for everyone to sit at the tables, but nobody
seemed to mind. Ref: DSC_4158
a Great Day Out at Symonds Yat East
photographs below show just a couple of the many activities
on offer in Symonds Yat East. This beautiful part of Herefordshire
has much to offer those looking for a great day out or a
nice long holiday. Why not take a relaxing trip along the
River Wye aboard one of the Kingfisher
Cruisers, or, if you prefer to stay really active, there
is canoeing, abseiling, caving and rock climbing available
Canoe and Adventure Centre.
you've worked up an appetite, why not call into Rose
Cottage Tea Garden, the Royal
Lodge or Saracen's
Head Inn for some great food and drink? These also offer
great accommodation for you and your family, along with
Cottage and The
Rock B & B, which is just up the road at Symonds
News visited Symonds Yat Rock last weekend in the hope of
catching a glimpse of one of the Peregrine Falcons. Alas,
it was not to be. However, we did catch sight of some deer
and many wild birds flitting about.
have visited Symonds
Yat many times and you can see some film of a couple
of our visits in this week's WNTV
Kingfisher Cruiser at Symonds Yat East. Ref: DSC_3711
of Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre teaches Tina how to paddle
a canoe. Ref: DSC_3727
one of Rowtop Survey Complete
Town Plan Steering Group, also known as Rowtop recently
invited Ross residents to put forward their views on how
the town could be improved. They were particularly interested
to heaer what teh young people of the town had to say. Stage
one, 'Defining the Issues' is now complete and the emerging
themes from the consultation which will form the basis for
the next stage are as follows, although not in order of
HOUSING - The need for more low cost housing in Ross.
- The need for better parking facilities, improvements in
public transport services and a look at how traffic congestion
in the town could be eased. Better walking and cycling routes.
- Anti-social behaviour, particularly vandalism and irresponsible
APPEARANCE OF THE TOWN - The town centre and shops. The
shabby or garish appearance of some of the shops. A review
of signage. Too many charity shops and estate agents
WASTE AND RECYCLING - The amount of litter in and around
the town, dog mess, chewing gum. Requests for more recycling
and longer opening hours at the refuse collection site.
SPORT AND SOCIAL FACILITIES - Facilities for young people,
improvement of sports and leisure facilities. Facilities
for migrant workers.
- Not enough attention given to the infrastructure of the
town when planning decisions for more housing are agreed.
- How the town could be more welcoming to visitors, especially
coaches visiting on Sundays when very few shops etc. are
EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TOWN COUNCIL AND VOLUNTARY
- Are all the flooding issues relevant to Ross being addressed?
- The improvement of toilet facilities in the town.
- The need for greater employment opportunities in Ross.
OF PARISH BOUNDARIES IN THE ROSS CONURBATION
PROVISION WITHIN THE TOWN
PROMOTION OF LOCAL, FAIRTRADE AND OTHER FORMS OF ETHICAL
next stage for the group is to suggest ways forward on these
issues. They will be publishing an Options Report in June
and consulting widely on this over the summer and autumn
Make good use of the chance to make your views known
Lions complete school 'wish list'
final three schools responding to the Ross Lions offer to
'donate something to each school sending in a wish list'
had their wishes granted recently. The schools were each
visited by the Ross Lions' President, Lion Keith Wilding
and the Community Services Chairman, Lion Mel Middlecote,
and each was presented with the items they had requested.
On behalf of St Joseph's R.C. Primary School the Acting
Head, Mrs B Davies, accepted a cheque for £400 to pay for
an Oven/Grill and Hob plus 2 digital cameras. The presentation
was made in front of the school children who showed their
appreciation. Mrs Davies thanked the Lions for their generosity
and said great use would be made of the equipment.
Headmaster, Mr S L Roberts B.A., of Walford County Primary
School, gratefully accepted a cheque for £572.00, which
was required to pay for 7 class sets of Stereo Radio Cassette
Recorders and CD Players, along with six headphones per
set. These were intended to mainly teach literacy skills
but would be used throughout the curriculum. Mr Roberts
invited the Lions to visit the school to share in one of
the sessions where the equipment was used so that they could
show their gratitude and acknowledge the generosity of the
the Lions visited Goodrich CE (VC) Primary School to present
a cheque for £350. The Headteacher, Mr Tony Griffiths, accepting
it said it was for the purchase of a special mini drum kit.
The peripatetic percussion teacher has to work in the main
hall during dinner time and this special drum kit allowed
pupils to practice whilst other young pupils were able to
eat in peace. Mr Griffiths thanked the Ross Lion President
for his clubs very generous gift which would also allow
additional percussion at the regular concerts etc. the Goodrich
School takes pride in producing.
Lions President, Lion Keith Wilding, said how much he had
enjoyed visiting all seven schools and said one of the aims
of the Lions was to help young people get the best out of
life and it gave him great pleasure to hand over the money.
He said the amount donated to all schools totalled over
£3,000 and it was a very worthwhile cause.
County Primary school Headmaster, Mr S L Roberts BA, with Ross Lions
President, Keith Wilding and Community Services Chairman Mel Middlecote
and school pupils.
Joseph's RC School Acting Head, Mrs B Davies, accepting a cheque
from Ross Lions President Keith Wilding and Mel Middlecote.
Gloucester Division One - Bream 32, Ross 0
came up against a rejuvenated Bream outfit, fighting a relegation
battle and came off second best in all aspects of the game
last Saturday. The League table had indicated this was a
game Ross could win, thus cementing their top five position
in the league. However local derby matches rarely take account
of league positions, and in this instance it was Bream who
looked like a team pushing for promotion not fighting relegation.
the kick off it was Bream who looked the more urgent side,
both in defence and attack. They protected their ball in
all phases of play and after an early attacking lineout,
opened the scoring with a try in the corner. Soon after
came an almost identical score and with Bream 12-0 ahead
with less than ten minutes on the clock, it looked ominous
for what up to then had been an off colour Ross fifteen.
Somehow though, Ross did tighten up their defence and began
to develop both territory and possession for the next twenty
minutes. A score then could have put a different complexion
on the game, however the Bream defence held firm and with
the half coming to a close, Bream dealt the killer blow
by scoring and converting another try leaving them 19-0
up at half time.
did work hard in the second half, however they were never
going to turn around a 19 point deficit. Bream added another
two tries and a penalty and closed the game out, denying
Ross any score at all. The disappointment was tangible in
the Ross dressing after the game, with players and coaches
knowing this was an opportunity missed.
now need to pick themselves up in time for two home games
on the 23rd against Brockworth and next Saturday, 16th against
Southmead. Kick off is at 2:30pm.
The Walford timber man off the match was Andy Hunt, who
tackled tirelessly in a losing cause.
- Ross 2nds 40, Ledbury 3rds 7
Saturday Ross seconds visited Ledbury 3rds at Ledbury with
a thrilling 40 points to 7 victory.
were two tries from Colin Dixon, and two each from Andy
Bevan, Chris Price and Chris Davies. Craig Powell converted
again there was an all round solid performances from Chris
Price, Paul Hayward, Richard Russell, Tony Clements and
Andy Lovering, with pivotal roles from Craig Powell and
Walford Timber man of the match was jointly awarded to Russell
Walker and Mick Pollock for their hard works in defence
would also like to mention first tries for the club from
Chris Price and Chris Davies.
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.
for week commencing Monday, 4th February 2008
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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