MARCH 2014

EMAILS (To members who don’t use them!)

As each year goes by more and more of our members receive their De La Salle information by email.  It’s just a better system in so many ways.   A letter by post costs 50p plus the price of envelope, paper and printing and a lot of hard work.  Emails involve no expense and very little effort.  Do send your email address, if you have one, to  Internet communication is becoming as commonplace and important as the telephone and as cheap and easy to operate.  Take the plunge!  Or at least twist the arm of a friend or relative who might lend you their email address and print your Club letters for you.


Those of you with email addresses will currently be receiving Linda’s breezy and informative weekly bulletins every Friday.  I am duplicating the latest as the second sheet of this newsletter to show non-email recipients what they are missing.  Linda knows everything that’s going on and keeps us all up to date with Club affairs.  There is no excuse to miss anything and you are constantly reminded of the vibrant community your De La Salle membershipinvolves you in.


Though their visits to Beauchief are inevitably rare, our country members – and a third of our membership live away from Sheffield – especially value our letters and respond warmly from time to time.  Christmas brings a flood of cards from old friends, too many to list in full, but feast your memories on this selection of names: Doreen and Frank Farmery, Folkestone; Avril and Alwyn Bowman, Blackpool; Gene Pathe, Florida; David Earley, Millom; Peter and Sabine Nixon, Germany; Gerard Martin (Brother Ignatius), Eccleston; Tony Darwent, Lisvane, Cardiff; John Baggs, Horsham; Pat and John Carney, Norfolk; Peter Hetherington, France; Jennifer Lawson, Royston;, David and Janet Burdett, Hampshire; Sylvia Garbett, Market Rasen; Caron and Denis Davidson, California; Monny Garvey, Stockport; Jane and Joe (Sam) McCarthy, Lincoln; Ralph Griffiths, Turin; Marie Murphy, Arizona; Eleanor and Harry Thompson, Salisbury; – and many others whose names weren’t pulled out of the hat but whose memories live in our hearts.


When the Club first opened you could drop in any night or Sunday lunchtime and be sure to meet someone you knew – having a drink!  Fred Campbell, Chairman in those days, didn’t like De La Salle being a ‘drinking club’.  It isn’t any more.  Gradually it has become something much better.  On Alan Haigh’s Second Wednesdays, on Third Monday Coffee Mornings, on Paul Lally’s Quiz Nights , at any of David Haigh’s travel talks, and on anyt Bungalow Band Thursday night sessions you can drop in and find someone to talk to without digging into your pocket.  You can even have a drink.  Read Linda’s bulletin to pick your time.  Some members are getting the message. We have recently enjoyed rare visits from Michael McElhinney, Chas B Robinson and Brian Newbold.  Good lads, fullof memories! 


            We could fill these pages with the names of friends lately dead but some have been so much a part of Club life that they must be specially mentioned.  John Houdmont and Keith Hartley are two such.  But Fergus McClory, who died recently, had lived in Australia for many years and yet his loss sends a pang across sixty years and more to the days when he and Shaun, his twin brother andspitting image, brought life and colour to the school on Scott Road.  Our sympathies go to our two Shauns.


 I first met John when he was in the fourth year at De La Salle , sitting beside his lifelong friend, Alan Southeran, waiting for my first English lesson with a class of which I have the fondest memories.  He was a boy of exceptional personality, full of humour and charm.  He never changed during later years at De La Salle Beauchief, whichkept us in close touch at social events, at coffee mornings, on the bowling green and as recently as David Hague’s talk on Cuba a few weeks ago.  His death was an awful shock to us all.  Alan speaks for us all in the appreciation printed below.  

My memories of John and our friendship extend as far back as St Marie’sjunior School.  We boththen moved on to De La Salle and were fortunate to be placed in the same form throughout our time there. We were inseparable both in and out of school as we both shared a similar sense of humour, an interest in steam trains, buses, model railways, cars and pop music.

After leaving school, we both pursued our different careersbut at the same time, together became part of the then fashionable “disco” scene. This close friendship continued into later life and once our children had left their respective homes, we both continued to pursue our mutual interests together, which included many happy hours spent at De La Salle, Beauchief.

John was a significant part of my life from junior school to the present and I feel that I have lost a brothermore than just a friend. My sincere condolences to Margaret.  Jonathan, David and all the family.  Alan Southeran.


Keith was one of the best all round cricketers and best all round members ever to grace De La SalleThe camera caught him famously facing Cricket in the Snow with typically rugged and relaxed calm. He was an inspiration to younger players, like the one who wrote the following.

‘Keith first came to play for De La Salle on tour and always loved them. His performances on the field and later in the bar are still part of Salle folklore. Tours are an opportunity for all Sallians, young and old, players and non-players to mix, mingle and enjoy each others company. Keith was a tourist par excellence and even took his last ever wicket on tour just a few summers ago.
He was a man of great charm and elegance. Quietly spoken and quietly humorous. He seemed to meet triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same. In these last few months, these difficult few months, his quiet courage was tested to the full. He was not found wanting. As the close of play drew closer, what stood out was his dignity.
So when time was called, surrounded by the love of family and friends, he stole away: Quietly. Modestly. Courageously.The Gentleman of De La Salle.’

Good night Keith. See you in the bar.

JOHN SHORE  Maurice Justice writes in to inform us of the death of his old colleague at De La Salle, John Shore.  John was a geographer,  a man of dry humour and the first member of staff to own a television set.  When asked by envious friends what he watched, he said, “Oh, I’m very selective.  I watch everything.”  Another good man gone.

JOHN ARTINDALE  John’s death was very recent.  Age and infirmity had rendered him inactive yet he remained cheerful since his move to Dronfield.  He was one of thepillars of our Club from the very beginning, a great cricketer and footballer in his youth and a willing supporter of all things De La Salle.  A good man and a very good friend. 

THUNDERGROUNDThe current Club play is exceptionally exciting not just because the acting, the music and the play itself are all brilliant, but because five young newcomers have joined the cast.  Loren Barney, Sarah Wright , Chris Gibirdi, , Steve Johnsand John Coyle, along with John and WillGreen, promise to be the next generation of superb De La Salle entertainersAnother welcome newcomer, already a De La Salle star, was Catherine Davison, bringing something special to our stage.  The future is rosy indeed.

As promised, I have printed below Linda’s wonderful weekly bulletin, this one dated 14 March.  Members with email addresses receive the letter every Friday.  If you have a computer sleeping in a corner, put it to work and get on the net.  It’s not so hard.  Or arrange for a friend or relation to send us his email address so that he can receive it and print it for you.


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Hello everyone,


Isn't it nice to have such lovely sunny weather after such a wet winter?

I expect, like me, many of you will have taken the opportunity to get out into the garden.


REMEMBER our plant fair in May.


We need, cuttings, seedlings, plants - anything you can donate and we can sell. I also need a few willing volunteers to help out on the day either with the plants or with the refreshments.  Please let me know if there is anything you could do to help. It would be very much appreciated.


Review of the week:




Last weekend we saw the opening of the De la Salle players’  production of 'Thunderground'.  

It was great to see another of Martin Green's original scripts acted out so well.  With music provided by the Bungalow Band and some great singing by the cast it was well worth watching.  All the months of hard work by the cast and the production team really paid off.

For those of you who are going to see it either tonight or tomorrow,  it starts at 7.30pm prompt and we are expecting very large audiences both nights.

Please arrive in good time - preferably with the correct money available if you need to pay for your tickets.  We have a lot of people to get through the doors.


Alan's Music And Literary Evening:


Alan writes:  Wednesday's music night was a fabulous evening and very well attended. All 10 volunteer musicians and readers performed splendidly and the audience enjoyed it immensely. 




Alan Haigh (this time with his bowls chairman's hat on) writes:

Last week I asked if any Club members had unused  bowls to donate or sell to the Bowls section. What I meant, of course, was unwanted bowls although unused would be more than welcome.  Please check your attics, storerooms, sheds and garages and phone me with the good news on 0114 230 3070.




Golfers remember your first monthly medal of the year is this Sunday at 1.30pm.  I hope you have taken advantage of this lovely weather to get some practice in.

Ladies if you would like a separate event please let me know.



Cotton Grass Theatre

We are welcoming this theatre group back to De la Salle on Friday 4th April.  This time they will be performing 'The Unknown Land' by Caroline Small.


Keith Kendrick (Ashbourne-based concertina maestro) joins ex-RSC actor David Frederickson, singing 'songs from the Derbyshire coast' in a story inspired by true accounts of nineteenth century Arctic exploration, Inuit mythology and the fatal attraction of the polar regions.


This is an absolutely gripping performance and will only cost members £6 to see it. (£8 non-members).   No tickets just pay on the door but if possible please let me or Los know if you are thinking of coming.


Coffee morning

Next Monday (17 March) Terry and Sheelagh will be holding their monthly coffee morning up at the club from 10.30am until noon.  Why not pop up and have a lovely cup of coffee (or tea) and scone with other like minded members?


Paul's Quiz night

Next Wednesday(19 March)  Paul will be testing your knowledge in the latest of his monthly quiz evenings.  Starting at 8.30pm, Paul will welcome all members and friends who wish to join him for the evening.


Dates for your diary

Saturday 22nd March - Bowls section St Patrick's night (entertainment and food)  please contact Alan Haigh for more details.


Wednesday 26th March - David Hague's monthly illustrated talk - this month he will be talking about BURMA. (starting at 2pm)


Friday 4th April -  The return of The Cotton Grass Theatre (see above note)


Wednesday 30th April - Club AGM  - would you like to join the committee?  Think about it.


Sunday 4th May - Plant sale (see above note)


Saturday 21st June - Club open day - volunteers needed please contact John Perrett    -


Next week at De la Salle


Saturday 15th March        - Archery in the morning.     Thunderground starting at 7.30pm

Sunday 16th March           -  Archery / Football in the morning.  Golf monthly medal 1.30pm

Monday 17th March         -  Coffee morning from 10.30am .    Once again John Perrett will be behind the bar from 8pm.

Tuesday 18th March         -  Club closed

Wednesday 19th March   - Paul's Quiz night from 8.30pm

Thursday 20th March       -  Shaun McClory will be up waiting to serve from 8,30pm

Friday 21st March              - Mark Simmerson (back from his travels) will be opening up from 8pm