De La Salle

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       BEAUCHIEF HALL ESTATEBEAUCHIEF DRIVE

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NEWSLETTER                         June 2016

 

Annual General Meeting28th April

Thank You, Peter

This evening Peter Mason retired as chairman after seven smooth and successful years.  He was patient, tactful, firm when necessary and always well liked and respected.  The years have flown by and we aregrateful for his generousgift of time and dedication..  

The meetingrecorded abother year of calm and steady progress.  The post of Chairman was not filled but two new members were welcomed to the management team, which now comprises anequal number of men and women.

 

Deputy Chairman: Chris Grant

Secretary: Barbara O'Callaghan

Treasurers:  Los & Linda Green

 

     Committee:

Martin Green

Sam Wainwright

 Sheila Allen

    

Sarah Wright

Chris Shillito (new committee member)

Sue Wormald (new committee member)

 

Trees at Beauchief   Phil Green

When I started working at Beauchief again, ten years ago, Bernard Kelly was Chairman.  We agreed on a simple contract which included the wording ‘To maintain and generally keep up the Club’s grounds…making improvements wherever practicable.’

 Bernard also agreed through management to provide a planting budget of £200 a year to complement this improvement plan.

As a part of the Beauchief Hall Conservation Area and being adjacent to a SSSI (Ladies Spring Wood) the grounds belonging to De La Salle have great historic and environmental importance. Enhancing and protecting this area of land while maintaining its current use as a sports field is a rewarding but sometimes difficult challenge. This is further complicated by the irrefutable need to make the area more inclusive for non-sporting members and the wider community. One of the ways I have approached this is to establish areas of interest through tree planting to complement existing tree cover and reduce the ‘Concord Park Effect’ of a big field with sports pitches for men.

I hope that one day members might choose to walk, amble, wander, meander and even stop under the shade of an oak, ash, birch or chestnut (no they’re not all strictly native) to take in the magic and mystery of Beauchief.

So far I’ve planted a little over 100 trees, funded partly by Bernard’s progressive thinking budget, partly through members or sections donating money or actual trees and significantly by collecting conkers, seedling trees, unwanted garden inhabitants and things just growing where they were never going to be allowed to flourish.

Trees have been planted to remember Trevor Brown (the first tree I planted at Beauchief – an oak), Tony Sellex, Dick Hespe, Jim Finnigan, Keith Hartley, Tom Collins, Martin Anderson and John Flaherty. Birthday presents for members still very much with us have added to the number. A horse chestnut donated by Jane Simmerson, a poplar from Tom Wainwright, a birch and a hornbeam from new neighbours the Fletchers to replace an overhanging elder, a maple called ‘Kelly’s Gold’ for Bernard and Roberta,  and so it goes on…I’ve probably run out of space for big trees but there’s plenty left for a few more small ones!

Bowls – Alan Haigh

Although half a dozen of us have played weekly over the winter, I think we can say the Bowls season has truly arrived.  Unfortunately, because of ill health, we have lost a few of our members this year.  However, a recent recruitment campaign has been very encouraging and eight new members signed up in the first half of May.  Several others have said to me that they will definitely be joining our section but have yet to make the leap and now is the time to do it.  CLUB MEMBERS WHO JOIN BEFORE THE END OF JUNE WILL PAY HALF PRICE.  That’s right – just £25 for a whole year and you play as often as you like and when you like.  So what are the other advantages?

·         A beautiful, well located and well maintained green, perhaps the nicest in Sheffield
The friendship of 40 or so helpful and thoughtful bowlers
An annual Bowls holiday (5 days in a lovely Scarborough hotel this June
Friendly games against other local Clubs
Internal single and doubles competition
Think about it and let me know (
haigh.a@sky.com) if you would like more information.  You will be made very welcome and can borrow bowls and receive free tuition before you decide to join.

Second Wednesdays – Alan Haigh

The pattern of the evenings has developed over the past few years and, more often than not, there is a visiting guest or group performing at about 9.30pm.  The evenings often have a theme and invariably begin with matching background piano music.  The middle part of the evening consists of musicians (usually female vocalists) and readers, most of whom are volunteer Club members.  The last three months have followed this popular pattern and the next few are not dissimilar. 

The June 8 evening is experimenting with a little more classical music than usual.  There will still be a significant input of popular and frequently performed music but there will also be well-known pieces by Mozart and Bach plus the lovely aria One Fine Day from Puccini’s Madam Butterfly included in the classical gems.  The July 13 evening will have a French theme (it is close to Bastille day, after all) and our 9.30pm guests will be the Club’s Bungalow Band.  I will be away for the August 10 evening but a splendid evening is guaranteed as Paul Lally will be in charge and some of his Barbershop singing pals may well be making an appearance.  September 14 is not to be missed as the main guests will be Sheffield U3A’s A Cappella group.

These evenings are free of charge but you can make a small donation to help out with Club’s expenses if you wish.  We have plenty of female vocalists volunteering but would like more male singers: let me know if you would like to be on the list.  Strangely we have a good supply of male volunteer instrumentalists, mainly playing piano or keyboard and would welcome a few more of the opposite sex.  If you are not a musician but would like to join us as a reader or, indeed, entertainer with other skills, please tell me (haigh.a@sky.com) and I will be delighted to put you on our list.

Golf – Los Green

As the icy hand of winter finally loosens its grip you would expect to see more golfers appear than previously. Strangely, this is not the case. Golf members seem to like snow, wind, ice and rain and play on undaunted through the bitter months of January and February, the cold of March and the rains of April. To date, five medal competitions have been played and – including tied places – there have been nine separate winners, which says something either about the equal balance of skills across the golfing fraternity or some healthy bribery of the handicap committee. Either way, the competitions have been good and lively.

Later in the year is the annual Beauchief Open and this year we will try to make it exactly that, inviting non-members of the Club to try their luck to win the Wee Birdie.

However, while half of the golf members slog round the course, totting up their scores and cursing their luck, as many again simply play for the fun of it, or for practice. Phil Green continues to ensure that the course gets better and more beautiful. If – as they say – golf is a good walk spoiled then there can be few better places to have it spoiled than Beauchief.

Finally, the course remains a perfect place to learn to play golf and a number of very generous members have donated clubs (golfers regularly replace their clubs as a means of improving their game – or at least having something to blame when they play badly). We've got pretty much every club from putter to wedge, through a range of woods. If anyone would like to know more please get in touch and we can discuss very good value donations.

Looking Back

Shakespeare Night 23rd April

Shakespeare would have liked it because it was an unfussy, enthusiastic and genuinely affectionate tribute to someone who has enriched our lives.  We liked it because it was the initiative of a younger member, Cassie Robson, that brought together so many performers filling so rich a programme of delights.  Many thanks to Cassie, and to the Bungalow Band, Adie Brook, Catherine and Roger Davison, Tony Flatley, Monica Grant, Terry Green, David Haigh, Roberta Kelly, JanOxley and of course Los Green, who held it all together,  as usual.

Annual Plant Fair 8th May

The DLS, now annual, Plant Sale was held on a lovely sunny day in May. Once again members surpassed themselves by donating many, many plants and garden items.  Shirley Morrisroe and Pam Balcomb helped set up the tables the day before but still more plants came in on the day. Luckily Elaine Herring and her friend George came up from Nottingham and with all hands on deck we were ready for the 12 noon start.  It was good to see so many members and their families turn up and help boost club funds by buying up most of what we had to offer.
David Partridge was thrilled to win 1st prize in the raffle – a large garden pot full of spring / summer plants.
Sheila Allen and Pat Roddis served delicious cakes with coffee and tea while Los Green manned a book stall and the bar -  who said men could not multi-task?

Thank you to everyone who helped make this the most successful plant sale yet

Real Music Nighti9th May

Despite the title, it was never explicitly stated what “real” music was, but as the evening progressed it became a little clearer. For a start, with the  exception of Dave Evans bass guitar, there were no electric / electronic instruments. (Given that the man is known as Dave The Bass we simply had to allow this!).  And where there was just a little background music it was to support one of the most beautiful of melodies - a Charlotte Church take on Carrickfergus, ably sung by Monica Grant. This was Monica’s follow up to a duet with Roberta Kelly, as they reminded us of the origins of an Everly brothers song, with the original Canadian version of Let it Be Me.

Alongside that Paul Lally sang two lovely folk songs unaccompanied, while Martin Green added a beautiful instrumental piece alongside an old John Martyn song celebrating Spencer the Rover, which gained additional credibility for name checking Rotherham. Slowly, the concept of “real” music was taking shape. Chris Morton - with guitar! - added more earthy but sweet music with a trio of classic folk songs and - most surprisingly - he remembered the words to all of them if not, initially, the right key! It was a sight - and a sound - to behold.

Added to this was then a guest of Anne Hughes, Roger, who not only played some wonderful violin but treated us to some traditional jigs with an instrumental first for the Club - an accordion. And then there was Catherine Davison to remind us of the great Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, with a fine rendition of With God on Our Side.  In between times the Bungalow Band played through a slew of its more rootsy back catalogue with the added bonus of Terry Green contributing memories of East Virginia and the ubiquitous Guantanamera.

Real music? It certainly sounded like it.

Arose Between 10th June

            This accomplished band, with its outstanding main vocalist, enjoyed a storming success.  A predominantly youthful audience for Beauchief – i.e. under fifty! –members and guests,.packedthe room andraised the roof,  Welcome all, and come again.

Looking Ahead

The Summer and Autumn calendar is now taking shape and some of the highlights are listed below

Thursday June 30th – Tim Woodhouse

Described as the lost love child of Morrisey and Jake Thakray Tim will be joining The Bungalow Band for a set of songs of whimsical fantasy, eulogising about train stations in Timperley and the like. Tim's set is a unique experience celebrating one man, an acoustic guitar and a jauntily skewed look at the world from his home in Macclesfield.

The Bungalow Band will provide – very literally – solid support with a set of their own.

Tickets: £3 members £5 non-members

Friday July 22nd – Pluk

To my mind, Pluk have one of the best singers to have graced the Club in years in Bob Glendenning and he is wonderfully supported by Tom Chester and Pete Watters on acoustic guitars. Expect an eclectic mix of songs from the likes of Tom Waits, Bad Company and The Rolling Stones. Essential listening

Tickets £4 members £6 non-members

Saturday 10th September – The Antiques Rock Show / The Bungalow Band

After what seems like a mere 2 years rehearsing in the Barns the Antiques Rock Show (featuring the Evans twins – Dave and Jeff – alongside Barrie Gostello and co) have emerged into the light of day and are ready to rock you. With a female vocalist on board you can expect anything from The Beautiful South to Creedence Clearwater by way of Roberta Flack.

Theresa’s garden

Members will have noticed the car-park sporting a a charming garden of varied plants, flowers and shrubs at the corner of the bowlinggreen.  It isn’t there by accident.   Theresa Taylor, in the best tradition of De La Salle volunteers, deserves thanks from us all for the loving care she devotes to adding this lovely feature to our Club environment.

Cricket

The 1st XI are presently second in the 1st division league of the Mylnhurst Yorkshire and Derbyshire League.  Why not pop up to the club sometime at a weekend and support the lads.

Eileen Devins

We are indebted to Pat Roddis for the news of Eleen Devins’s death earlier this year and for a copy of her funeral booklet, which graphically describes a life full of vitality, love and colour.  Eileen was a friend of Pat, and of Phil Grimmer and Mollie Riley in the Club’s early days.  Many of you will recall her lively personality on Club occasions. Typically, she cheerfully  served behind the bar and left us with many happy memories.

David’s Talks

Travel Talks, Slide Shows, Holiday Snapshots - 0h dear, you say, what a bore!  I couldn’t have agreed more – until I started going to David Haigh’s afternoon illustrated accounts of his travels with a camera.  Thetruth is: It All Depends on the Traveller.  If he’s unconventional, nosy, tireless, unpretentious, interested in people, ready to laugh at himself, knows a lot about everything  but never pretends to know it all,  and has an eye for a good picture, then you can be sure of a fascinating show.  And that’s David.

David’s talks cover visits to many parts of the world – the following list is growing year by year.  New Zealand, for example, has been added this year.

 

BELGIUM

BURMA

CANADA (2)

CZECHOSLOVAKI-A

CUBA

FRANCE (2)

GERMANY (3)

HONG KONG

HUNGARY & ROMANIA

INDIA

IRELAND (2)

ITALY (9)

MALTA & GOZO

NORWAY (2)

PERU

PORTUGAL (4)

SLOVENIA

SPAIN (3)

SWITZERLAND

THAILAND

U.K (13).

USA (5)


 

Fifty-seven talks in all, covering twenty-four counries.  The next is on Norway: 29th June 2 pm.  No flights, no charge, sheer delight.  Come and see.

 

Finally, an apologyto the two Archers who, hot and thirstyon a recent Friday evening found the Club open but the bar closed.  The four ancient occupants were all that remained of the clamorous Friday evenings they had enjoyed for forty years or more.  Now the dwindling bar staff had been transferred to nights when their services were more in demand and we sad remnants were too feeble to handle the mechanics of bar service.  Can we add our appeals for bar volunteers if only for two hours on Friday evenings in Summer?  Then we can all be happy.