De La Salle
Association Club Ltd
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NEWSLETTER March 2016
I had meant to write an editorial rejoicingin all the riches with which De La Salle is filling our lives. But when the responses came to Martin’s requests for material for this newsletter I realised that you had done the job for me. Forget the gales, the floods, Isis, Brexit and especially Donald Trump. Count the daffodils: Summer is acoming in!
Spring and Summer Programme
The year’s big event - the annual dramatic production - has just completed its run and chalked up another spectacular success for the De La Salle Players. But don’t despair - more events are in the offing.
Second Wednesdays. Alan Haigh’s bedrock second Wednesday now has an unstoppable momentum and can be relied on for consistent quality of performances.
Third Mondays. Sheelagh’s and Dorothy’s Coffee Mornings: popular venue for refreshment and chat. Third Wednesdays: Paul’sBig Quiz. Test your memory.
Dates to be Confirmed: usually Fourth Monday afternoons David Hague’s Touring Talks. Sumptuous pictures, dry commentary.
In between those dates we’ve managed to line up another intriguing series of events which we hope you can enjoy. These include:
A Shakespeare Evening - April 23rd
Come and enjoy everything bard-related as we celebrate the greatest wordsmith the world has ever known, toasting both his birthday and St. George’s! Attendance is more or less a patriotic duty.
Sunday May 8th Plant Fair
Come and see the Barn decked out like the Botanical Gardens! The success of the event depends on two things: the first being that we get loadsof donations comprising plants, seedlings and cuttings: the second that we get plenty of visitors! More details nearer the day as to when and where the donations can be left. Please put this date in your diaries. More details from Linda 07791141122 / email@example.com.
Real Music Evening - May 19th
While most people enjoy a regular dose of rock ‘n’ roll it’s sometimes good and proper to return to the roots of music, so we’ll be parading the best in British and American roots music, touching on folk, blues, bluegrass, country and co. The only electric instrument is likely to be a bass guitar (but it is a thing of beauty) and instead you’re likely to see acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins and maybe even a ukulele.
Arose Between - June 10th
We’re delighted to have Arose Between back with us. They’re already put on a number of great shows and those who have seen them love them. There’s a touch of Adele,a trace of Nina Simone and a little bit of Bono, beautifully accompanied by sweeping violin, two guitars and a bass. Quality is assured.
Tim Woodhouse Returns! With the Bungalow Band - June 30th
It’s been far too long since Tim performed at the Club. Known in his native Macclesfield as the love child of Jake Thackray and Morrisey his songs are hard to describe, but definitely unique. The title of one of his albums- Whimsical Fantasy -gives you an idea, but perhaps his own description of his music works better - “quirky, jazzy, folky things”. He is a treasure. Come and see him perform solo and join the Bungalow Band for one of their typical rambunctious sets
Second Wednesdays at the Club – Alan Haigh
Over the last three months, the Second Wednesdays have continued to provide excellent free entertainment at the Club. The December concert was very pleasant but despite free mulled wine and Christmas cake the Club was not exactly bursting at the seams. Nevertheless about 40 people had a good, festive time. The January concert had a larger audience which enjoyed ten of our excellent volunteer singers and readers and a brilliant finale provided by the Club's own Bungalow Band. They are really great and will be with us again in the springtime so keep an eye on the weekly notices that Linda sends out. On February 10 a large audience had the pleasure of ten regular volunteers but additionally thoroughly enjoyed the Club debut of The Amazing Greys, an outstanding quartet of male barbershop singers, who were received with tremendous enthusiasm. They also will be coming back in the not-too-distant future. Last week's Free and Easy was very well supported and the debut performance at our Club of Philip Steele, a professional country and western singer, ably supported by his granddaughter Laura, was very well received. Philip and Laura have promised to come back again in the near future and their music is not to be missed. They are relatives of Pat Sleath, based in High Green, and perform throughout the UK.
In the coming months we have plans in hand for some more brilliant free nights. The Cellarmen will be returning in April and another male group (new to us), The Strollers, will be our final act of the evening soon after that. The renowned Sheffield U3A A Cappella singers will also be back later in the year.
Golf - Los Green
As we tiptoe into March, with fingers-crossed that the sun will return and the ground will finally dry, you might imagine that the De La Salle golfers have been hibernating through the Winter, waiting for the Spring. Not so!
In 2015 we managed to complete 11 medal competitions, the annual Open and one matchplay event. And already in 2016 we’ve snuck in two medals despite heavy rain (that’s what waterproofs are for), severe cold (that’s what gloves are for) and snow (that’s what orange balls are for!). Most pleasingly, new names keep being added to the winner’s rostrum, with Prosper Paul and Mark Turner notching up their first wins.
Heaven Smiles on Golf at Beauchief
But it really isn’t about the competitions which - anyway - are very genial. The key thing is that the ground continues to play very well and despite atrocious rainfall remained playable through the months when many local courses were
closed. And it really is a beautiful place to play. The picture was taken at the end of play in the February medal.
Membership is £50 for the year - which remains incredible value (Graves Park pitch and putt is £4.60 per adult per round!). Whether it’s for practice, to perfect your game or just have a walk that isn’t ruined too much by the golf De La Salle is the place to play. All the details are on the website.
I hope you can join us.
Cricket – Sam Wainwright
Forget the wet dreary evenings, the warm summer afternoons will soon be upon us and what better way to spend them than to listen to the sound of leather on willow? If you fancy playing a game or two of cricket (or even more!) pre-season nets have begun Wednesdays 7-8pm at Mylnhurst school. For further details contact Sam Wainwright on 07862 728612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowls – Alan Haigh
The winter has been kind to us and half a dozen or so members of the Bowls Section have continued to use the green regularly over the past few months. None of us claim to be brave but when the sun is beating down, we feel very comfortable and not in the least cold even if the temperature is only a few degrees above zero. Come and check it out - we can lend you some woods and provide guidance/tuition free of charge. But spring is almost here and we expect good numbers on Monday evenings and Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The green is open all day, every day and is one of the Club's treasured assets. It is a little smaller than average but is kept in splendid condition.
Plans are well underway for the year's programme of friendly games and internal competitions plus the annual holiday which for the second consecutive year will be held in Scarborough in June.
Please contact me (0114 2303070 or email@example.com) if you would like more information about bowls.
Friendships Final Curtain ----Thoughts on the first night 4/3/16
There was an unmistakable sense of anticipation in the audience.As usual the club was superbly prepared like a mini theatre.All the seats,as far as I could see, were sold.
The rhythm quartet of the bungalow band were tuning up.Suddenly we were off. We were back in 1947, the year of the Big Snow, with rationing andshortages. The play opened with the Impresario lamenting the impending closure of the Friendship theatre! Martin Green, the author, guitar at the ready, sat quietly in pole position at the edge of the stage a faint smile showing thingswere goingexactly as he planned.
So the Friendship was on the verge of bankruptcy with only a few seats sold for the forthcomingproduction.The rather stylish drama critic from the Sheffield Telegraph was aghast at the preview, although the cast were riotously finding a way out of every disaster, inspiration coming, it seems, from the Brown Bear pub.The belly laughs were coming at a rate of knots. The chaotic situations were speeding along without a hitch. And yet this was a First Night ! Against all this was the white suited spiv who was waiting to convert the Friendship into a bingo hall. Between the laughs we were treated to lovely music from Sinatra and even George Formby. The mixture of comedy, song and dance was irresistible. We were laughing - but things on stage got worse: the Friendhip Theatre caught fire! There was nowhere to stage the play – if they had one!
A temporary solution to that problem was found after a further meeting of the cast in the Brown Bear .The Botanical Gardens could be used to stage an entirely new production. But what? The audience was invited to decide. And the interval came while refreshment was taken and the decision made - at the Brown Bear!
The second Act presented a new play, a lovely mixture of all the choices: Jackbeth. If the first play was a riot, this was an extravaganza. It ended gloriouslywith the dying Jackbeth singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to great applause. A cleverly fixed Bingo game raised the money to save the Friendship theatre and even to convert the villainous spiv to the fold. A joyous party ensued. The Boogie Woogie bugle boy played "Lights Out"and we tried to recover from almost continuous laughter.
What an amazing and perfect experience!
Many thanks ,Martin, from Terry McDermott (country member)
Eleanor Thompson We send our sympathies to Harry Thompson on his loss recently of his beloved wife Eleanor. Harry and Eleanor’s membership of the Club goes back many years. Harry was brought upin St Patrick’s parish, was an old boy of the College and played for the original Old Boys cricket team in the forties. He retired from the Army with the rank of Brigadier and lived with Eleanor in Salisbury for many years but always keeping in touch with De La Salle and old friends. We all wish him well.
We lost another old friend recently in Rose Pearson, a familiar at the Club Whist Drives until quite recently. Rose seemed quite indestructible, reading at mass and climbing the sanctuary steps well past her ninetieth year. Her passing was mercifully swift. She was a brave and cheerful soul and we wish her a well-deserved rest in peace.