De La Salle
Association Club Ltd
De La Salle, Behind Beauchief Hall, Beauchief Drive,
Sheffield, S8 0BA. TEL: 0114 2367756
NEWSLETTER March 2015
Editor’s Note Terry Green
I’m sorry this letter is late but things have been slightly chaotic at home over the past three months. Sheelagh was in hospital with pneumonia over Christmas and had hardly made a blessed recovery at home when I was struck down with back trouble and taken to hospital for an operationAnxiety about Sheelagh and my own condition have left me with little time to think about anything else so I am very grateful to my deputies for taking over the editing and production of this letter and to Linda Green in particular for reminding members about their subs and recording, banking and acknowledging them.
AGM - and Wine Tasting!
The Club AGM is scheduled for Thursday April 23rd at 8pm and—as ever— we hope you will be able tojoin us to review how the Club is doing. If you’ve not been before the event is fairly relaxed, but gives Members the opportunity to ask questions about how the Club is run, make suggestions and put faces to names. This year, the meeting will discuss updating the Club rules, so your views really do matter.
As an added incentive it’s been decided we should follow the meeting with a wine tasting experience (though some suggested that we should do this before the meeting!). The point of the exercise is to let members sample a variety of wines—though not to excess—so that you can express your opinions about the wines we should stock. How can you resist?
Club Developments and Decoration Sheila Allen & Pat Roddis
Plans are under way to give the Clubhouse a new look this spring.
The tables have already been refurbished & cushions provided on the bench seats for your comfort.
The bar kitchen is to have new units & shelving. More coat hanging space will be made.
The decorators will come in on Monday 13 April to start work on the main part of the building and this work should be finished by Friday 17th.
The curtains will be cleaned and roller blinds fixed on the 5 glass panels in the entrance porch.
This will involve quite a lot of work in preparation and putting things back in order and we may put out a request for volunteers when the time comes !
Hopefully, all this will be done with as little as possible disruption to the use of the Club and you will soon be able to enjoy our splendid Clubhouse even more.
Archery Maria Mahon
Archery continues to be very active at De La Salle and there has recently been a revamp of the Archery website. The link is shown below if you want to see how to join up and take part.
Bowls Alan Haigh
2014 was a successful and enjoyable year for the bowling section, not least because we attracted 14 new members to take our tally in the 40s and we wish them all a sincere welcome. Details of a very positive and active year are listed below and all these things have been achieved with the help of a willing, hard-working committee and many of the section's members. I thank you all for your contributions. The year ended on a sad note, though, with Sadie O'Grady being taken seriously ill.
Our first two fixtures (Bolehills & Hathersage) were cancelled because of poor weather. The next two were enjoyable although not successful if victory were our measure (which it isn't!). Hallam Bowling Club beat us comfortably and our first ever fixture against Bolehills resulted in a 7 - 4 victory to the visitors. We won our return fixture against Hallam by 7 games to 5. In August we won 3 of the 9 games played against Bolehills. A further well-fought contest was held later in the month with DLS and U3A each winning 4 games but U3A winning on points.
The women's singles winner was Pat Sleath and runner-up was Joyce Brown. The Men's singles winner was Alan Haigh and runner-up was Graham Southgate. Mixed doubles winners were Joyce and Des Brown who beat Pat Roddis and Adrian Lamb. The open competition winner was Charlie Tunnard with Pat Roddis runner-up.
Usage of and Improvements to the Green
We now have a splendid shelter adjacent to the hut and we thank Graham Southgate and Chris Grant for their significant roles in enabling this. Additional improvements include renewal of the timber shoring around the green. The green is used regularly on Monday evening, Tuesday morning and Thursday morning. We need more 'regular' sessions. New woods have been purchased and two more sets that belonged to his father, Dick, have been donated by John Hespe.
This was very successful again and enjoyed by 20 or so members. Thanks to Pat and Terry Sleath for organising this successful event. The prize winners were Sadie O'Grady, Pat Roddis, Neville Garratt and Adrian Lamb with a special prize for Terry Sleath. The 2015 holiday will be in Scarborough and already 22 have signed up for it.
Would you like a professional Coaching Session to help you improve your bowling?
The British Crown Green Coaching Scheme is acknowledged as good quality and value. They use video playback and cover all the elements we need. Cost is £10 per session. Let me know if you are interested and we will see what could be arranged for later in the summer.
St Patrick’s Night
We had a very successful. Evening thanks to Hugh Finnigan, who arranged the entertainment, Pat Sleath, who took over Sadie O'Grady's role in the kitchen with the help of Pat Roddis and Sheila Allan. Thanks also to the bar staff, dancers and entertainers who worked hard to make sure that it was a good evening. Our audience are loyal and supportive and a very enjoyable atmosphere prevailed. Sadie was missed and was mentioned by Monseigneur Killganon. We keep Sadie and Hugh in our thoughts and prayers
There was an opening ceremony of the disabled access entry in June and Bernard Kelly cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque to the memory of Hugh Morton and John Capps. It was well attended, particularly by relatives and friends of Hugh and John. We were particularly pleased to welcome Dolly Morton, Hugh’s widow.
In the event of overcrowding (which has happened on some Monday evenings) members are asked to chalk their name on the blackboard attached to the inside of the open door of the hut. Games can start as you wish depending on first come, first play. No more than four games should be played at any one time. To avoid games lasting too long a winning total of 15 points should be the maximum.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Jim Postlethwaite who died, aged 91, in February 2015
Cricket Los Green
April approaching, nights getting longer - cricket is on the way (and dark clouds and snow are bound to follow). Sam Wainwright, Steve Dixon and Adrian Brook continue to captain the Saturday and Sunday teams, with Kieran O’ Sullivan leading the way on Wednesday nights. The spirit is still very much play to win, but have some fun while you’re doing it. And the prospects for 2015? Well, after a year without either a promotion or relegation Steve Dixon’s 2nd Team have their sights set on glory - or glorious failure. Sam, meanwhile, will no doubt see the team start slowly, build a great run and then spend late August ringing round 50 and 60 year old cricketing old timers as the regulars go on holiday, feign injury or start complicated DIY tasks in the home. It’s been that way for 30 years - so no reason to change.
Though blanketed by snow for large parts of the winter, Sunday football has - like the daffodils - re-emerged in spring time. The team still goes by the name of Over 40’s and if the younger age of players doesn’t quite fit, the pace at which they run does. The quality, though, is still high and if you’re interested in football the team are always on the look out for players.
Golf Los Green
Golf has started the year dominated by brutal weather. The first two Medals of the year were bravely supported by a number of foolhardy players, with the first affected by snow on the ground and the second by snow coming down in sheets from the sky. Despite this the competitions were completed (though Martin Green faces a disciplinary hearing for kicking his ball along the fairway on the last hole—though on a positive note, he kicked it well). March was much fairer with Salvatore Papa gaining the reputation as il bandito after scoring a net seven under par!
We’ve now got 7 established holes as well as the putting green and we’ll be looking again to see how we can develop this over the next 12—18 months. The general consensus remains that whether you’re learning, practising the shorter game, or playing for fun without having to commit hours the set up is perfect.
Annual membership is just £45.
The moles seem to enjoy the course as much as the members!
Golf Medals -A chance to come up and play against your handicap for a position on the wall of fame
Thurs April 16th 7pm
Thurs May 14th 7pm
Thurs June 11th 7pm
Thurs July 9th 7pm
Thurs Aug 6th 7pm
Sat Sept 13th 1.30pm
Contact Los Green @ Losgreen@hotmail.com if you want to know more.
Idaho Monroe and the Curse of the Secret Scrolls!
As ever, this year’s play has been a great success, with more tickets sold than ever before. Credit, of course, has to go to Martin Green for crafting another original story and Martin and Linda Mouland for directing the cast. The cast itself comprises a great range of age and experience but a consistency of skill and commitment. It’s interesting that we’ve now got an entirely different troupe from the one that started in 2000 with Jack and the Beanstalk and that only goes to emphasise the importance of the Club needing to change, grow and broaden the roster of actors who have trodden the De La Salle Boards.
Highlights this year? It seems unfair to pick out individuals from a uniformly excellent cast, but it will be difficult to shake the sight and sound of Will Green performing Prince’s “Kiss” in genuine falsetto while serenading Sarah Wright across the stage. The whoops from the audience suggest that this was a high point and the ice creams at the interval were essential to cool some raised temperatures.
Thanks again to all concerned including, of course, you as the audience who make the whole event worthwhile.
Wednesday Nights Alan Haigh
The monthly free entertainment evenings are now in their ninth year and in the last twelve months we have increased the number of volunteers significantly. We still would like more, though, and are especially in need of more male vocalists.
Having said that, the March 11 evening featured the debut performance of singer Graham Taylor and also the all-male trio The Cellarmen, (Dave on guitar, Les percussion and Neil, keyboard). All had a very successful evening. Main guests in February were the Sheffield barber-shop group Hallmark of Harmony - the 2014 UK champions and representing our islands in the world championships in June in Pittsburgh. We thank Paul Lally for facilitating this and also for his regular solo appearances. Several Club members are in this group and we wish them every success. The Club's own Bungalow Band were guests in January and are always very well received. Another recent act to join the list of volunteers is soloist Anne Hughes and after some persuasion Pat Sleath now has joined the good number of delightful female singers which includes Maureen Finnigan, Monica Grant, Mary Harrison and Roberta Kelly. Our list of talented volunteer readers includes Jan Oxley, Betty Parkin, Mike O'Callaghan and Terry Sleath. Hugh Finnigan appears regularly as accompanist and soloist, a role that I undertake as well as being compere for the evening.
I’d like to take this opportunity of thanking Sean Crehan who has recently stepped down from his valuable role as barman, which he has undertaken every month since the evenings started. We all hope Sean will be helping us again in the near future. Sean’s replacement is David Hawley (who also plays solo on his keyboard from time to time) and we are delighted to have his assistance. Head barman is Chris Grant who, for some time now, has been a tremendous asset to our evenings - also doing the occasional reading. So as you can see a loyal and kind group of Club members are performing monthly just for you - do come and join us and see for yourself. Why not start on April 8 (at 8pm) and then the second Wednesday of every month?
Forthcoming Events at the Club:
2nd Wed in every month – Alan Haigh’s music night 8pm
3rd Mon in every month – Coffee morning 10.30 – 12 noon
3rd Wed in every month – Paul’s Quiz night 8.30pm
Last Wed in every month – David Hague’s illustrated talks 2pm
Every Fri morning – Art Group in the barn
Every Thursday evening – Bungalow Band playing
Fri 17th Cotton Grass Theatre Company: Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads (£6): 8.30 pm
Thurs 23rd Club AGM 8pm followed by a wine tasting
Sun 3rd Plant Fair 12noon – 2pm
Fri 15th Music event – ‘Arose Between’
Fri 29th Music event Oliver Manning—£4 (tbc). Doors open 8 pm,
Fri 10th Music event – ‘Pluk’ £tbc
Sat 19th Alex Hutton—£8 (book early to avoid disappointment!)