All at the Rotary club of Mapperley & Arnold would like to thank everyone who attended the Brass Band “Christmas at the Proms” evening Friday December 15th. A good evening was had by all.
We raised £1300 on the night, which will go directly towards our Outward Bound residential week in Aberdovey.
2019 will be the 20th year club has supported this week for teenagers in need of confidence or support, young carers and students with hearing difficulties.
Club is also involved with other ongoing projects with the young carers association, local schools and Hayward House.
Next major fundraising event will be a “Ball” April 6th, 2019. Funds raised there will be going to the Nottingham (hyperbaric) oxygen centre and the multiple sclerosis association.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Rotary club of Mapperley & Arnold, information can be found at rotary-mapperleyarnold.org.uk
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, are among the star names being added to next year’s Gate To Southwell Festival in rural Nottinghamshire (June 6th to 9th). Joining an already eclectic international line-up that includes Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Skipinnish, Nancy Kerr, Blue Rose Code, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys and many more brilliant folk roots and acoustic music artists, Los Pacaminos and Steve Harley will headline the festival on Thursday and Friday respectively.
Paul Young, one of the UK’s best-loved vocalists (‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’, Love Of The Common People’, ‘Every Time You Go Away’) has been the charismatic front-man and guitarist of the highly-entertaining Tex-Mex show band Los Pacaminos since 1993: “It’s real bar room stuff: foot stompers, not too many slow songs – a real party atmosphere”. Steve Harley – famous for worldwide hits such as ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Mr Soft’, ‘Sebastian’ and ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’ – has been performing for almost 50 years, producing a series of great albums such as Cockney Rebel’s ‘The Human Menagerie’ and ‘The Psychomodo’. ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’ was a global Number One in 1975. Both artists will be playing Southwell for the first time.
The increasingly-popular four day music festival at Southwell Racecourse will welcome back folk singer and activist Grace Petrie, California blues rocker Joshua Cook, trad supergroup The Tweed Project, the bluegrass-meets-country-soul-meets-punk sounds of Louisiana’s Truckstop Honeymoon, and the multi-instrumental virtuosity of Ranagri. Plus BBC Young Folk Award winners Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, fantastic dance band Blackbeard’s Tea Party, famous punk veterans Otway & Barrett, Nottingham’s own gypsy jazz hot clubbers Maniere Des Bohemiens, world-fusion crowd favourites The Activators, the highly-acclaimed Bird In The Belly folk collective, the rich harmonies of Norwich’s Alden Patterson & Dashwood and the sweetly addictive songs of pop rockers Morrissey & Marshall.
In the great Southwell tradition of celebratory events such as Dylan@75 and the Summer Of Love, there’ll be a Woodstock@50 concert on the Saturday afternoon followed by Sunjay’s Tribute To Buddy Holly on the Sunday. Plus there’s a special Continental event featuring diverse European acts such as brilliant Spanish Basque folk dance band Korrontzi, the beautiful Dutch harmonies of SYA (Suddenly Years Align) and French-born festival favourite Flossie Malavialle.
Alongside all this there’ll be a family-friendly, something-for-everyone mix of pub gigs, ceilidhs, fine food stalls, dance displays, music workshops, beer and cider festivals and top class children’s entertainment (including the return of genius juggler Dan The Hat).
Bargain priced Tier One tickets are now on sale from www.gtsf.uk. Plan ahead for summer 2019 and grab yourself a New Year bargain.
We had a very happy and successful Annual Christmas Dinner at Ramsdale Golf Club, on November 24th. The venue was beautifully decorated, and the meal delicious. The entertainment was provided by the Bingham Barber Shop group, with a great variety of songs including a carol sing-a-long for the audience. A very festive evening.
Our first meeting for the new year is on Thursday January 3rd, 8.00pm in The Institute. This will be our A.G.M. and we also look forward to hearing our speaker, Dr Ann Featherstone who is a writer, researcher and broadcaster.
The Committee send their very good wishes for the year ahead to all members and look forward to seeing them at our meetings.
Sarah Bowen and Dawn Barnes
BBC Radio 3 Walks Through Time at the Museum
Sarah Bowen of BBC Radio 3 visited Upton Hall, home of the Museum of Timekeeping to record a half hour programme Walking Through Time which was broadcast in November.
She was walked through the museum’s collection by the museums Chief Operations Officer, Dawn Barnes whose voice was heard describing the various exhibits whose soothing chimes and sounds captivated the listening public who voted the show as a ‘Pick of the Week’
Dawn was heard identifying the chiming of the dozens of long case clocks, sounds of an original lantern clock dating back to 1655 and voices of the original speaking clocks, still working parts of the collection.
The Crafty Chatters
A new craft group has been set up in Lowdham, meeting every Friday, 1.00pm till 4.30pm in the W.I. Hall, Lowdham.
Sessions cost £3 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. We would like crafters from all disciplines to come along and enjoy an afternoon chatting and crafting.
For those who sew we’ll have a sewing machine or two and an ironing board, knitters bring your needles and crocheters bring your hooks, colourers bring a pencil sharpener and ruggers bring your frames.
It will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and pick up tips, plus you might get inspiration to try a new craft! Open to all ages and all crafters. Phone Jane Waite 07985293351 or 01159 664907 if you have any questions.