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         NEWSLETTER MARCH 2017 Ed T and M Green


Thanks for the Card – and the Memories

Warm thanks to all who sent Christmas cards to the Club, most of you familiar friends at Beauchief: Denis Staniforth and Pat Winn, Hugh and Maureen Finnigan, Graham and Val Barnes, Cynthia and Jim Johnson, Catherine and Roger Davison, Shirley Morrisroe, Pat Roddis, Roberta and Bernard Kelly, David and Jennifer Griffths, and Peter Mason. Particularly pleasing was to hear from old friends in faraway places: Margaret and Pat Mitchell, (Filey), Fr Eugene Pathe, (Florida), Harry Thompson, (Salisbury),. Dave and Janet Burdett, (Eastleigh), Liz and Mike Pilley, (Harome), and Jennifer Lawson, (Royston.)

 Not as long a list as when stamps were 5p or less, but all the more appreciated. Thanks again.

Meanwhile De La Salle Beauchief continues to thrive, as the following accounts of activity clearly show. 

Bowls - Alan Haigh

I could say that the Bowls season is nearly with us but that would be misleading as a handful of hardy bowlers have only missed the odd week this winter because of poor weather.  However, the numbers participating will grow noticeably in the coming weeks as the days grow longer and the temperature rises.  The green is in excellent condition thanks to Phil Green, our excellent Club groundsman, and has already been cut several times recently.

We have a fantastic offer to encourage new members of the section – you will only pay half- price (that’s £25) to play for a year and that covers any time of any day.  That’s less than 7p per day and if you compare it with local greens such as Millhouses Park where you would pay £5 for one session of two hours you will see what good value we offer.  Additionally, we will lend you equipment and provide coaching, all free of charge, until you decide that you would like to join us and that will be after three free sessions.

So how do you benefit from this wonderful offer?  Just turn up to our green on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at about 10.30am.  As from March 27 (after the clocks have gone forward) you could also come on Monday evening at about 6.30pm.  The beauty of Monday evening session is that you can round off your bowling with a nice drink in the Club bar where there will be friendly people to talk to and the barman will be a very friendly regular bowler called John Perrett.

If you would like more information, email or phone me ( or 2303070) and I would be delighted to talk to you.

Second Wednesdays - Alan Haigh

The free monthly concerts at the Club continue to thrive, attracting good size audiences and new faces both on and off the stage.  We have held these events on the second Wednesday of the month since January 2007 and held a splendid 10th birthday party on Jan 11 last with fifteen regular volunteer performers, including female and male vocalists and readers, two pianists, and one organist.  There were no visiting guests for that event but the pattern in recent years has been to have a special visitor or group performing at 9.30pm.

In February, our 9.30pm guests were the Club’s own Bungalow Band and they were brilliant.  The March concert was very fortunate to have a professional singer, Annie Fotheringham, as its main guest.  Annie has a beautiful voice and delightful style and we hope she will be back at the Club before too long to perform her Karen Carpenter tribute act.

The guests we have lined up for the coming months are:

April 12           The Amazing Greys, a male quartet of accomplished barbershop singers

May 10                        Elizabeth Charlesworth (soprano) and Hugh Finnigan (piano)

June 14                        Sheffield U3A A Cappella group of singers

Everybody is welcome to come to these events which start at 8pm as a member of the audience or even as a performer.  I would particularly like to hear from you if you are a male vocalist as we are a little short of them.  The evenings are relaxed and friendly and if you would like more information and/or to receive a free programme before each event please contact me ( or 2303070) and I will deal with your requests.

Cricket – Tom Barney

The 1st XI have a new skipper at the helm and will be looking to build on last season’s cup final appearance to move out of their perennial 6th place in Division One. Sam Wainwright has stepped down after 10 years of loyal service, paving the way for new energy to be injected with Tom Barney taking the reins for 2017. Sam remains a vital cog in the De La Salle machine and his runs and wickets will be required in a season where Kieren O’Sullivan is likely to miss a big chunk due to a broken leg. Simon Willey will be looking to continue his great form with the ball and keep his crown as the club’s premier bowler! It’s going to be a season of transition and everyone will need to pull together to improve on our 2016 results!

 John O’Sullivan leads the 2nd XI into his second season as captain. There was great symmetry in the club in 2016 with the 2nds finishing 6th in Division Three. This could prove a tricky season in a strong division where they will have to compete with the likes of Parkhead 2nd XI and Collegiate 4thXI who (at their request) have been relocated directly from the top flight. Will the team rely on the wickets of the evergreen Paul Lally or can Chris Siddall, Rob Fenwick or the skipper himself step up in 2017? Richard Bulmer ran away with the batting award last season and he should be ably supported by vice-captain Steve Dixon with contributions required by the rest of the order.

 The Midweek XI were victims of a closely fought relegation scrap in 2016, eventually going down on net run rate. Kieren O’Sullivan’s charges will be looking to bounce back strongly this year propelled by the runs of the captain himself and Sam Wainwright. Tim Venn and John O’Sullivan did the damage with the ball last season and they will be vital to the Midweek team’s quest for a return to Division A.

 The Sunday Friendly team now falls under the joint stewardship of Tom Barney, Steve Dixon and Richard Bulmer following Adi Brook’s retirement as captain. They have a fantastic full summer schedule and look forward to welcoming friends old and new to beautiful Beauchief throughout 2017, as well as visiting some splendid away venues. If you would like to turn out for the friendly team this season, please get in touch!

 We also have an exciting social calendar in 2017. Rat’s Mystery Curry Night was already a great success as was the St Patrick’s Day Race Night on March 17th.  May 27th sees the return of the DLSOBCC club night. Please come join us for an evening of socialising at Beauchief following the conclusion of the 1st XI’s game. There will be music, fun and (weather permitting) a BBQ!

 Here’s to a wonderful 2017, we hope to see you all up at the club over the summer!

Golf at Beauchief – Los Green

February 2017 saw a first for the golfers – with the cancellation of the first golf medal in five years. This means that we now know what it takes for a group of golfers to agree that the game is not playing: temperatures of between 0 – 2 degrees Celsius, residual snow / ice on the ground, driving rain and strong winds.

Fortunately, the weather had improved enough later in the month for the medal to be rescheduled and we witnessed a titanic battle between Peter Rollings (carding a gross 1 under par score) and Salvatore (The Bandit) Papa. Sal won, claiming – as ever – that he has God on his side. However, a sense of justice returned for March with David Partridge and Tom Wainwright sharing a victory based on strong and consistent scoring. Sadly Chris Morton failed to make the expected charge with his new right hand clubs and his new left hand putter!

The medals, though, are less than half the story. The lady golfers continue to play each week and continue to get better each week, a very worrying trend for the men! Others just play as and when suits them – in the time slots allowed.

Relevant to all, though, is the new feature appearing on the course, namely the first bunker! This is being carved out by Tom Wainwright and currently resembles a moat. However, depth and sand will appear and much cursing will follow.

So, come and join us. It remains remarkably cheap and – as I often note as I walk through Graves Park – the public short courses are shut for six months of the year. Clearly, they can’t handle the cold (or the wind, rain, ice and snow).

Music Events – Los Green

After a quiet couple of winter months, March warmed up with the arrival of Murston Bapchild & The Braxton Hicks – without doubt the best-named group of any of the performers we have hosted in the past few years. Disciples and devotees of Hank Williams and Americana music they treated a large and appreciative audience to a walk-through of some of America’s great country music of the 30’s,40’s and 50’s – all embellished with wonderful fiddle playing.

In April, the Club hosts the return of Ian Price and his band. Ian has been plying his trade at De La Salle for over 30 years – so he should be getting good by now (and he is!).

May sees another real music night, which could be retitled acoustic night and will hopefully see a parade of singers and players performing simple and clean music. Expect folk songs from across the isles, a bit of bluegrass, country, maybe blues and a spattering of (Nobel Prize-winning) Bob Dylan, performed by a variety of locally grown and sourced artists. We’re also now looking at the idea of running a bi monthly event (once every two months) on this basis, with a mix of open mic and invited performers.  I’d be interested to know what people think

For June, we will be presenting Prosper Paul’s debut musical piece, with libretto by Martin Green, Never Give Your Heart to a Troubadour. Prosper tells me he has been working on this for 60 years and so I’ve advised him to start work immediately on the basis that it will be a huge success! Alternatively, we’ll schedule in something for 2077!!

Later in the year we’ll see the second Rock night – an occasion for unabashed loudness and an apologised presence of drums and electric guitars.

At the back end of the year Elvis will be back amongst us – appearing now as regularly as Santa, but without so much baggage.

Annual Plant Sale – Linda Green

This year our plant sale will be held on Sunday 7th May from 12 noon until 2pm.

As usual, to help us make the occasion work, we will need all you wonderful members to provide and buy the plants. Donations of plants can be left outside the barn from a few days before. If possible please name the plants to make life a little easier for us when setting up.

There will be a raffle to win some plants and refreshments will be served in the clubhouse.

Please sow extra seeds, take extra cuttings and divide your plants so you can help us to make this the most successful sale yet.

If you need any more details please contact Linda on 07791141122 or email

Club Hire – Linda Green

If you want a meeting place, have an occasion to celebrate or just want a party with your friends then why not use the clubhouse as your venue? We hire the club out at a very reasonable cost and our facilitator Mark Turner will help you organize everything.  We also hire out the Barbecue.

Contact Linda on 07791141122 or email



Quiz Night – Friday 5th May 2017 – Chris Shillito

The Club is hosting a quiz night on Friday 5 May starting at 7pm.  As well as a great opportunity to test your knowledge, a pea and pie supper will be provided and prizes are up for grabs for the winners and runners-up! 

Tickets are £6 per person.

Teams will be up to a maximum of six.  However, if you are not part of a team but fancy giving it a go then please come along.  If you prefer we can arrange for you to join a team on the night.

If you want to reserve tickets for what promises to be a fun night, please contact Chris Shillitto on 0114 236 7589 or e mail

Chernobyl Children

As many of you know the Club has formed a connection, over the last few years, with the Sheffield Link of the charity Chernobyl Children's Lifeline.  This charity brings children over to England who live in areas of Belarus and Ukraine which are still badly contaminated by the radiation from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.  It gives their bodies some respite from the poor environment in which they live. In 2017 we celebrate 25 years of success.  

As well as the Sheffield Link there are 2 other 'Links' in North Derbyshire and early plans are afoot  for the three groups to have an afternoon of sport and fun at the Club, probably one afternoon the second week of August.  We would love to see Club members as well and further details will be in the next newsletter.  Anyone who would like to help or be involved please contact me.

  Thank you.   Stephanie Dixon

Other Activities

Other regulare features of Club life include: Monthly Science and Technology Lectures; monthly Coffee Mornings; monthly David Haigh Travel Talks; weekly Bungalow Band sessions; Ladies’ Golf; private parties; and, worthy of special mention, Monday nights and Friday nights, hosted by John Perrett and Steve Keen respectively, 

From Linda’s Bulletin

The next major event we have for you up at DLS is our annual play.  ‘

The Coming of the Galiens’ 

(What happened in Sheffield when visitors from space were blown in by the famous gale of 1962)
It is being performed at 7.30pm on:

Friday 31st March (several tickets left)

Saturday 1st April (plenty of tickets left)

Friday 7th April (more than plenty of tickets left)

Saturday 8th April (sold out)

If you haven’t booked your places yet then please do so now.  We would really like full houses on every night. This show is brilliant!  Ring or email me to reserve seats:

Linda Green (077911411220) ( .

Club Annual General Meeting

Thursday 27th April

Acting Chairman’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Election of Officers