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Friendly Club – Recent and future events -2010

Recent Events

Tuesday 14th September

A talk was given by Jan Blankenstein on the history and modern day treatment techniques of a Chiropractor to maintain a healthy skeleton structure.  He explained how the brain can get mixed messages due to pressure or entrapment of parts of the nervous system due to joint movement or their component parts. A skeleton structure was used to indicate problems people encounter and why some disabilities are caused. Sections of the spinal cord skeletal frame were viewed and the component parts associated with the articulation of the spine explained.

Tuesday 10th August

This day was our mystery tour. We started with a tour through Bath to see the many Georgian properties in the city. The driver, who used to live and drive buses in Bath, told us how most people are under the impression that it is a city influenced by Roman occupation. The only roman influence is the baths. The city is predominantly Georgian. Our onward journey took us through the Chew Valley to Western-Super-Mare. When the trip was planned the new pier was scheduled to be open for our visit, as it is still not open we shortened our time there and went on to the Cadbury Garden centre. The trip back took us through Cheddar Gorge and passed the Chew valley Lake with views of the Mendip Hills.

Tuesday 20th July

Our outing was to the Black Country Museum it included a boat trip through the Dudley Tunnel. It was an insight to find out the extent of tunnels that are in the area from the mining era. Some more sections of the old tunnels may be worked on to open them to the public. We had a few showers but this did not effect the meandering around the museum and feedback was that it was an enjoyable day out.

Tuesday 13th July– in the Village Hall

A presentation on Concorde was given by Doug Newton who was one of the team involved in the flight testing of Concorde. He gave us an insight of how the team conducted their tests with a slide show and commentary. The action of competing countries to try to combat Concorde success was also talked about. Items of memorabilia were on view for us to examine and discuss.

Tuesday 8th June. Club AGM– in the Village Hall at 7.00pm

The minutes of the previous AGM and the audited accounts were given to members to review and comment on. All the current members of the committee were re-elected at the meeting for another year. Following the AGM a cake decoration demonstration was given by Emma Tanner who showed us the art in preparation and use of the basic materials and how to make flowers. A rose was made and used on the cake together with other flowers and decorations. It is well worth while looking at Emma’s web site cakes2enjoy@yahoo.co.uk.

Tuesday 15th June – Outing

Our trip to Stratford-Upon- Avon proved to be a pleasant trip. The fine weather allowed some members to take the opportunity to go on the open top tour bus to see the attractions. Our day also include a stop at Moreton-in-Marsh on the outward journey to visit the market.  A good time was had by all.

Tuesday 11th May

The evening entertainment was by Ray Bewes who told us yarns based on true events and read poems he had written. He also works on a programme on community radio 105.5 FM and would be happy to have music requests sent in to him. After the entertainment the chair of the Parish Council, Colin McEwen gave a talk about the forthcoming workshop evenings on the Village expansion being run by NEWMasterplanning , consultants to the P.C.

Outing on Saturday 8th May

We went to the Malvern Spring Show. Though it was cold and wet at times it did not spoil the enjoyment of the day. All the members and those from the Gardening Club who joined us were satisfied with the outing.

Outing on Tuesday 20th April

Our outing took us on a very picturesque drive through the Stroud Valley with an interesting commentary given by the diver. we stopped at the 3 Shires Garden Centre at Newent before carrying on to Labels Outlet Shopping Centre. The drive back was also very pleasant driving through the Forest of  Dean. The weather was very good  and all enjoyed the day out.

Tuesday 13th April

The talk on the history of the ukulele given by Richard Bending followed the early years of its development in Hawaii about 150 years ago to its further development mainly in the USA. Richard brought along some of his collection of ukuleles for us to see. Some of the most novel and unusual models were one made from a cereal box another from a coconut shell and a $4.50 plastic one to accompany a TV programme teaching people to learn to play the ukulele. The talk was linked in with a sing-along by Richard, Barry and Chris using some of the old instruments.

Tuesday 9th March

Returning to the club, Ian Purvis talked to us about his collection of Sea Shells, and where they were collected. He had a large collection of interesting shells.

Tuesday 9th February

A talk was given by Lorraine Stanton of Vowley Farm on the subject “From Boardroom to Barn.” This was riches to rags story. After receiving an inheritance her family left the boardroom and moved to Wotton Bassett to start organic farming with 20 cows, completely unprepared with what was ahead. After a lot of hard work the farm has now progressed to include pigs, turkeys and chickens. The farm is still not able to make a sustainable income and is about to branch out to sell their produce prepared and cooked by themselves. It will be sold at country fares, pop concerts and similar venues. Lorraine concluded she has never worked so hard for such little return. You will find her at the Farmers Market at Swindon Outlet Centre on Sunday mornings.

Tuesday 12th January 2010

Due to the snow conditions we were down on members attending this meeting. However our meeting commenced with a presentation given by Ashley Heath, BBC journalist, on the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival being held on Thursday 11th February to Saturday 13th February to be held at the Swindon Arts Centre. For information see http://www.swindonweb.com/hj10. This site will give you the programme of events and prices. This was followed by our main activity a talk given by Sheila Parsons her topic titled “Spotting and Spinning” was tales of working behind the microphone in BBC studios interviewing people and presenting programmes. Sheila also gave a brief history of the starting up of local radio stations.

Future Events.

Tuesday 14th December – Christmas Lunch.

The Christmas Lunch will be held in the Kingsdown P.H. followed by musical entertainment by Ken & Steve.

Tower and Tap – April 2010

Click here for the Tower and Tap April 2010 – PDF Version

This months edition includes:-

  • Letter from Rev Vicky Fleming
  • Church Notices
  • Parish Council News including:
    • Jean Franklin Presentation
    • Village Transport Report
    • Workshops
  • Tot’s n Toddlers Fund Raising Auction
  • Friendly Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Youth Club, AGM and Spring Fayre
  • Police Surgeries
  • Carriers Arms Events
  • Tower & Tap Submissions

Please email items for Tower & Tap to kaylong@btinternet.com or drop any article in to The Maples, South Marston (next to the Vicarage).

The deadline for May 2010 issue is 15 April 2010.

Friendly Club Programme 2010






Tuesday 12th  January 2.00 pm An introduction to Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival followed by a talk by Sheila Parsons on the subject Spotting & Spinning.
Tuesday 9th  February 2.00 pm A talk by Lorraine Stanton on the subject“From Boardroom to Barn
Tuesday 9th  March 2.00 pm A talk by Ian Purvis on Sea Shells (Conchology)
Tuesday 20th April 9.30am-5.30pm Trip to Labels Outlet Shopping at Ross on Wye and3Shires Garden Centre at Newent.
Tuesday 13th April 7.00 pm A talk on the history of the ukulele by Richard Bending followed by a sing-along with Barry and Chris.
Saturday 8th  May 9.00am – 6.00pm Trip to Malvern Spring Show in association with the Gardening Club
Tuesday 11th  May 7.00 pm Entertainment by Ray Bewes telling Yarns and Poems.
Tuesday 8th June 7.00 pm A demonstration by Emma Tanner on Cake Decoration.
Tuesday 15th June 9.00am – 6.30pm Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and a visit to Moreton-in-Marsh
Tuesday 13th  July 7.00 pm A presentation on Concorde by Doug Newton
Tuesday 20th July 9.00am – 6.30pm Trip to Black Country Museum & boat trip through Dudley Tunnel.
Tuesday 10th August TBA Mystery Tour
Tuesday 14th September 2.00 pm A talk by Jan Blankenstein – Chiropractor on How to maintain a healthy back.
4th -8th October TBA 5 day holiday to Exmouth staying at The Manor Hotel
Tuesday 12th  October 2.00 pm Musical entertainment by Stan & Peggy Byers
Tuesday 19th  October 12.00 noon Harvest Lunch – Blunsdon House Hotel.
Tuesday 9th  November 2.00 pm Social afternoon- time for a chat with games and quiz.
Tuesday 14th December 12.00 noon Christmas Lunch at Kingsdown P.H. Entertainment by Ken & Steve.

Note: all outings are provisional and subject to member numbers being sufficient.

Annual membership £12.00            (includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

Friendly Club Events 2009

The Friendly Club –  Events 2009

Tuesday 8th December 2009 – Christmas Lunch

Our Christmas Lunch was held in the Carriers Arms. Didier and his staff prepared and served us a tasty carvery lunch, thanks to all.  After our lunch we were entertained by UKEBOXJURY in the Village hall, which rounded off the day nicely.

Tuesday 15th December – School Concert

The children of South Marston C of E Primary School entertained us in the school. We had a good representation of Friendly Club members who all agreed how well the children had performed. We thank Alison and staff and especially the children for all the hard work they did to produce the programme

Christmas Bazaar

The winning ticket numbers for the lucky number board were 25, 2 26 56 45 76 and 46 the name of the doll bride was Cinderella.


Tuesday 10th November

A talk on British cheeses was given by Bridget Partridge who explained the processes of cheese making and how aging times creates different levels of maturity. We all had samples of the nine cheeses to taste as the making of each one was talked about. The tale of how the first blue cheese was created, being by accident of leaving one of the processes out overnight through tiredness allowing mould to grow in the air gaps before the pressing stage.

Tuesday 13th October 2009

We were entertained by a group of Belly Dancers led by Chris Clements. Some of us had the courage to take part in the entertainment, but I do not think it will be taken up as an additional hobby by members- stick to line dancing instead. We also heard about the various types of belly dancing and how generally movement interpretation of the music is to the individual’s choice. Therefore a dance routine by a group would not be entirely the same by each member.

Tuesday 8th September 2009

This afternoon meeting was the start of our Autumn/Winter programme. We were entertained by Lynda Warren who told us humorous tales on making shows and films with the many unusual props that were required for them. Lynda had lots of photographs of the props and show shots for us to view after the talk.

Tuesday 14th July 2009

A talk was given by the Samaritans on the work they do. It surprised us the diversity of the work they do and how careful they have to be with people, ensuring that they listen intently to what is being said. The idea is to guide people into solving their problem themselves and not telling them what they should do. A most difficult process for the volunteers. An organisation we are proud to support.

Tuesday 9th June  2009 – AGM

At the Annual General Meeting all the existing committee members were re-elected. The meeting agreed the proposed change to the annual subscriptions as prescribed in the letter sent to all members in April. The change takes effect from 1st June 2009. Annual Reports were given by the Chair- Josie Manners, Treasurer- Sheila Jinks and Secretary – Brian McGlone. A copy of last years minutes of AGM and the audited accounts for 1st June 2008 – 31st May 2009 were given to members attending the meeting.

Following the meeting we were entertained by Ken and Steve who sang many favourite songs which members could also join in with. It was a fine performance by them and was much appreciated by the members.

Tuesday 12th May

A talk was given by Barbara Nixon on the subject “Dreams and their meanings to you”. She explained that the left side of our brain is the area that dreams are associated with. The brain, whilst we are asleep, by use of dreams helps to de-clutter information and stores meaningful memories. Her theory was that dreams have a significant meaning to us and relate to things that have happened in our daily life, though it may not be obvious to us. She explained by analysing the theme of our dreams we can sometimes solve problems that have eluded us. Hence the old expression “sleep on it” to find an answer to something. Other items that were covered included nightmares.

Tuesday 14th April

A well presented talk and slide show was given by Lynda Thompson on the brigantine “Eye of the Wind” which is the world renowned Tall Ship and the only one registered inFaversham. Lynda gave a clear vision of what it was like crewing the ship having been a crew member. Sailing the ship is demanding and not for the feint hearted, you also require a good head for heights when up on the mast and spars to set and haul the sails

Friendly Club – Family Fun 2009

Fun for grandparents, parents and children. All can take part in making simple bird feeders. Watch the attached video of my grandchildren and then make some feeders yourselves. Why not visit Nightingale Wood and search for cones – you may be lucky and find some. It is good exercise for all. This joint venture project will be beneficial to get all generations talking and working together which must be good.

Friendly Club Outing – August 2009

Tuesday 11th August 2009

The day trip to Buckingham Palace went well. We arrived early and were allowed in before our allotted time. This proved useful as we were allowed to move through the Palace at our own individual pace. The audio guide gave you the opportunity to choose as much information as you wanted to learn about the exhibits. We stopped at Hampton Court on the return journey but did not have time to loose anyone in the maze.

Friendly Club Bucklers Hard -2009

Tuesday 23rd June 2009

Our outing to Bucklers Hard, a themed 18th Century Village, was warm and sunny and an interesting day. The history museum of Bucklers Hard was very interesting. The outward journey took us through the New Forest. We spent a pleasant 30 minutes on a boat cruise on the Beaulieu River after which we roamed around the village and had refreshments. On the return trip we called at Lyndhurst in the centre of the New Forest.

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