De La Salle

      NEWSLETTER   September 2016


Home Sweet Home

 I have often enthused about the beauty of our home at Beauchief but John Fuller of  CLUB CRICKET, ending his account of Sheffield cricket grounds, saw it with the eye of a stranger.  A few quotes will give you some idea of his reaction:

It would take a particularly jaw-dropping cricket ground to trump Parkhead’s sunken, leafy idyll but our final destination of De La Salle CC was to be unforgettable … It felt like an Alice in Wonderland moment…The short journey up to Beauchief Hall, behind which De La Salle CC play, was to be transported to a country lane in the Yorkshire Dales….”

And we’re lucky enough to be members!  Tell your best friends about it!

Chernobyl - Stephanie Dixon

Eight years ago, we became involved with the charity Chernobyl Children's Lifelife.  They bring children, who live in the area B of Belarus contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, over to England for a recuperative holiday of 4 weeks.  We ask local families to host the children and offer lots of support. The children, who are at an increased risk of many illnesses including cancer, enjoy lots of fresh air and fun, and go home, we hope, healthier than when they came.  We have used the wonderful facilities at the Club for the last few years, so the children can run round in the fresh air. Magic! 

John and I have just returned from a week in the affected area, staying and meeting  with families we have helped. Their appreciation of what we do is humbling.  They are the most wonderful people. Anyone who would like more details of what we do or feels they can help please get in touch with us -  Stephanie and John Dixon  (

Bowls - Alan Haigh

Although the bowling green stays open throughout the year, the season of friendly matches and internal competitive games is drawing to a close.  We have played and won two games against Sheffield U3A and come out winners on both occasions.  They are excellent opponents and we have enjoyed those fixtures for many years now.  Last year we started playing against Ecclesfield,   also  friendlyand very competent bowlers.  They beat us comfortably in the home and away fixtures. Interestingly, they introduced us to a quartet of performers, The Mackers, .who will be the main act on the December 14 evening at the Club.  Our one remaining bowls fixture against Hathersage takes place on Sept 11.

Our internal competitions are nearing completion.  John Perrett and Graham Southgate beat Pat Roddis and Adrian Lamb in mid-August.  The men’s and women’s singles are yet to be completed.  The annual open day takes place on Sunday afternoon of Sept 4.  The annual Bowls holiday took place in Scarborough in mid-June and 17 of us had a great time.  Unfortunately, for health reasons, six others had to withdraw at the later stage of planning but we look forward to a larger number joining us next summer.

Any Club members interested in joining  Bowls will be more than welcome.  Just contact me and I will provide informal tuition and equipment if needed.  . 

Second Wednesdays- Alan Haigh

On 11 January 2017 we plan a big celebration of the  10th Anniversary of our Second  Wednesdays.. We now have more guest performers but still rely very much  on   regular, dedicated and talented volunteers.  We are lucky to have a healthy list of female vocalists and male pianists but would certainly appreciate morevolunteers of either sex as readers or musicians.

The June entertainment ranged from Gilbert and Sullivan to Puccini together with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor - all also very well received..  July was an evening with a French theme. concluding, very successfully, with the Bungalow Band.  August had visiting children from Belarus singing iPn Russian and English and concluded with singing by members of the high-ranking Hallmark of Harmony group.

Plans for September involve the Sheffield U3A A Cappella group as the major guests and in October we welcome the return visit of Phillip Steele, who proved extremely popular on his initial visit in March.  In November we welcome back the Cellarmen, who entertained us so well in April.  The December guests are The Mackers, mentioned earlier in the Bowls notes.  They play folk and pop music with guitar, mandolin and vocal inputs.  We look forward very much to their visit.

 Why don’t you join us?  The concerts all start at 8pm on the second Wednesday of every month and there is no charge for entry.  Come along and have a good time.  If you send me ( your email address, I will put you on my mailing list and you will receive a reminder.

Cricket – Mark Simmerson

The First XI started their season well with a convincing win in the Cup against Totley. In the semi at Hollinsend Methodists, they defended 172-9 by bowling out the home side for 136 to set up a game with local rivals Parkhead on Saturday 10th September at Hollinsend Methodists ground on Fox Lane. Please come along and support!

In Division One of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire Leagu we have finished our season in our usual position of mid-table safety. It could have been so much better! Bymid-June the team was top of the table, dishing out heavy defeats to several sides, including the defending champions Parkhead. When bottom team Stocksbridge were hammered at home (all out for 55 chasing 211-8), the omens looked good. We should have known better! The next game – away to the self-same Stocksbridge side - De La Salle were all out for 61.  And then key players went on holiday. The result was a slide down the table. Again.  But at least we have that Cup Final to look forward to!

Kieren O’Sullivan once again stands out as our leading batsman, with over 450 runs, including a magnificent 121 against Sheffield Collegiate. Tom Barney biffed his way to 300 runs, but apart from these two, no-one averaged over 20, indicative perhaps of the wet pitches encountered.The bulk of the bowling was carried by the evergreen Si Willey – 30 wickets – and skipper Sam Wainwright, who snaffled 24, both at an average of under 11 per wicket. Si recorded the best figures of the summer of 6-24 against University Staff.

The Second XI, led by John O’Sullivan, have had 6 wins and 6 losses, with a further 5 games either cancelled or abandoned. Given the perennial difficulties in putting out consistent sides, the Two’s can be justly satisfied with their place in the middle of the table of Division Three. The season followed a pattern of defeats by the top but generally beating those below us.

The oldest spinner in town – Paul Lally – was leading wicket-taker with 20 victims falling to his mixture of slow and very slow leg-spin. Lal’s legend goes before him, with many Division Three batsmen resigned to losing their wicket to him even before they face a ball. It is a joy to watch. He also returned the best figures for the season - 5-24 at Youlgreave.

Only three batmen passed a 100 runs, the top two of Dickie Bulmer and Tim Gill only playing 5 innings each. This illustrates the unique difficulties of the 2nd team skipper in lower league cricket. You really can’t be sure until the game starts who is in your side! The third of the batters to pass 100, Steve Dixon, got most of these in one innings – a season’s best of 84 not out at Sheffield Transport in a thrilling one wicket win.

The Midweek XI lost 4 of the 14 fixtures to the rain that seemed to always arrive on Wednesday afternoons. The high point was destroying a very weak Millhouses Works batting, who were all out for a measly 28. However, that was the last game that was won, with 6 of the last 7 games being lost. The 7th was rained off. Sadly, this sees the team sink back to Division C after just a single summer in Division B of the Alliance Midweek League. Tim Venn and John O’Sullivan were leading bowlers, with 8 wickets each, whilst Sam Wainwright topped the batting with 169 runs.

Skipper Kieren O’Sullivan found it difficult to persuade, cajole, plead enough players to commit to regular Wednesday nights and all too frequently took the field without a full side at his disposal. Why do we struggle to find players? Partly, this is symptomatic of a general decline of participation in cricket at all levels, affecting many, many clubs. Certainly the reason cannot be our location. We have long known that we are tremendously lucky to play at Beauchief. The ground is lovingly looked after by Phil Green, the pitches are good and the outfield, though quirkily sloping, is smooth. Indeed, when we were visited by John Fuller of Cricket Yorkshire, he was blown away by our ground. You can read his report here - - scroll down about halfway, past the report on Parkhead and Sheffield Collegiate.

If you or anyone you know, is interested in playing, be it serious cricket for the Firsts or irregular Sunday cricket with the Friendly side, please don’t hesitate to contact Sam Wainwright. Age and lack of ability is no barrier. Just come along and enjoy our greatest game in the most idyllic surroundings.

Monthly Quizzes – Paul Lally

Paul’s Quiz Night, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, regularly attracts a small but enthusiastic group of followers. Starting at 8.30pm, and comprising 3 sections of 10 questions each, the quiz tries to avoid boring questions like “What is the capital of Outer Mongolia?”, the answer to which you either know or you don’t, and that’s it!  In our quiz the answers are “themed” so that the contestants are given a little nudge in the right direction: for example, all the answers may contain a colour, or a flower, or a bird. We even had a recent round in which all the answers contained a type of pie!

There is a 50p per person entry fee and this money goes towards funding equipment for the club. Recent examples have been the purchase of a new DVD/CD player, the sponsoring of refurbishing one of the Club’s tables, and the tuning of the Club piano. 

It’s a fun evening with plenty of laughs, BUT WE NEED MORE SUPPORT !  Come along, bring friends, and give it a try. We think you will enjoy it.

The Bar – Martin Green

Just a few words about what’s on happening on the bar these days. Apart from the Guinness Fosters and Kronenburg 1664 we always have a traditional cask on tap which we try to keep in prime condition and, to this end, we invested recently in new cellar cooling equipment when the original installation finally reached its last legs after almost thirty years of service (another thing to be grateful to Wards’ Brewery for). Over the last year we have guested (via our supplier, Heineken) beers from Brain’s in Cardiff, Marston’s in Burton on Trent, Robinson’s in Stockport,  Theakston’s in Masham, Caledonian in Edinburgh, Fuller’s in London, Adnam’s in Southwold, Thwaites’ in Blackburn…… I could go on (and some say I do). Added to this Abbeydale Moonshine and Deception make occasional and most welcome visits. On the whole our members seem to prefer a paler type of beer, although we do have the occasional cry for something darker and maltier like Marston’s Pedigree (we are listening Terry Sleath!). What are your preferences? Please let us know. (All I’ll say is we can only stock one cask at a time because of turnover issues.)

Since the AGM in 2014 we have extended the range of wines available, with Hardy’s Chardonnay, Sauvingon Blanc, Rose, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as staple products. Prosecco is now also available by the bottle and can be provided in bulk for private parties.

For those who prefer an absence of alcohol (and apart from a range of soft drinks) we now stock Radler’s, an alcohol free lager with a twist of lemon, and Erdinger, a 0.5 litre bottle of alcohol free ‘weissbier’.

If you have any views or ideas on what we should be stocking or where we might do better please let us know, but be mindful if you do make a suggestion we subsequently adopt we will expect you to come and avail yourself of the outcome! It would be great if we could open on more occasions too. If you’d like to help running the bar get in touch with me ( or Sam Wainwright ( or to join the rota, Linda Green. We need people to help with functions too and a good hourly rate is available- ideal for students!

Jack Fieldhouse

We have been contacted by Mr Jack Fieldhouse, who now resides in Somerset, but during the 1930's attended De La Salle with his brother Bob.  Jack is now in his 97th year and has written three books including an autobiography which may be of interest to members.  The purchase price is £12 and anyone interested should contact Jack directly at 2 Broomfield Hall, Enmore, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DZ


Halloween will be coming early to DLS this year.  On Saturday October 29th we will be holding our very own evening of celebrations for everyone to join in.  Come up between 6 and 9pm, walk the walk (if you dare) play the games and enjoy the evening with family and invited friends.

There will be competitions for fancy dress and the best carved out pumpkin.  We will be selling hotdogs and Halloween buns and the bar will be open.

We also desperately need some help preparing for the evening (both before and on the day).  Please consider volunteering for this fun event. Contact Linda on email:  lindam or 0779 114 1122

A Summer of MusicLaurence Green

June and July saw the return of three old favourites - Tim Woodhouse, Arose Between and Pluk.Tim is a unique proposition. Standing alone with only an acoustic guitar to defend him (he refused the offer of a microphone) he proceeded to play a set that touched on subjects as diverse as Gregg’s pies, scuba divers, wailing (and weeing) babies, the thought that God might be a young girl and tortoises, all set to a smooth vamping jazz style.  He was followed by the Bungalow Band who weresomewhat less subtle and more direct. The audience appreciation proved that both options are possible.

Arose Between have played at the Club on a number of occasions and this time was possibly the best of all. With five vocalists to call on and musical back up from acoustic guitars, bass and violin - the band are able to switch seamlessly from the jazz-swing of My Baby Just Cares For Me, through a pure pop Police song like Every Little Thing She Does is Magic to the full-on, lung shattering Rolling in the Deep by Adele via a medley of Irish jigs. The room was packed , though - a little disappointingly - with a balance of probably 65% non-members.

The following month Pluk played again for us, again to a strong audience and - again - with a fairly healthy non-member attendance. With a stripped down line up of three guitars supporting a single vocalist there’s a high degree

of pressure on that vocalist to carry the songs. Fortunately, in Bob Glendenning the band have just the man. As comfortable with The Rolling Stones as Tom Waits, Bob captivated the crowd with a command of the music and the microphone.

So, if you haven’t tried a music event before, please give it a go. The prices are reduced for members and are some way below what you might pay in a pub or a club. Those who go are getting the benefits.

GolfLaurence Green

The happily amateur approach to golf at De La Salle has taken a sudden turn. The arrival, via a chance email / follow up,  of Jason Taylor - former resident of Sheffield, ex-professional golfer on the US Tour and golf tutor - has got everyone buzzing.

For the men this has meant that Los Green no longer has an excuse for his putting (or chipping, driving, approach play), Salvatore Papa is now standing with his feet in line with the hole, Neal Bloor is biffing the ball a goodly distance every time and - miracle of miracles - Paul Simmerson is no longer delivering more slices than an extra on the Great British Bake Off. More significantly, Jason has been holding group lessons for the ladies, with two groups of 4-5 practising on a Tuesday and Wednesday and getting good to an extent that the men are now seriously worried. More importantly and happily we now have 8 female members, with others likely to join. All this is leading to more people playing more often and members continue to join the Club to take advantage of a great facility at a fantastically good value price.

In between times, medals continue to be held, with Mark Simmerson finally returning to the winners podium after 3 years with a course record score, while in the annual Matchplay competition Matt Green narrowly beat Martin Green’s team - with the highlight a two by none other than Linda Green (we must stop those lessons)!Finally, Phil Green has also re-designed the putting green this summer. Sadly, it’s no easier - but it’s great fun.