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Letter from the President

0161 439 5598 13 Maple Road Bramhall Stockport Cheshire SK7 2DH March 2012

Dear Friends, What a month! An interesting ramble around Etherow Park which we thought would be dark and wet, turned out to be dry and sunny. Next, travelling to Antarctica made me quite sea-sick but some of the scenery was amazing. Gardeners’ coffee morning followed by “Whinge and Racket” with the Linguists, which made me cry when Georgia sang the Les Mis song “I dreamed a dream”. Beautiful! Another Walrus lunch with Lyme Park on the agenda and a hot supper with the Wine section learning about bees and honey- fascinating and very important to our survival. A lovely lunch with the Bowlers at The Alma Lodge and the meal by Theatre VP, Sue before the show, “Blood Brothers” where the youngsters excelled themselves; well done to them and to Zoe and Stuart who bring them to perfection! The Caracamp lunch at the Deanwater was lovely and the Gardeners’ Myths and Legends had us spellbound. Theatre Coffee morning, a table – top sale and the Bar Quiz completed another weekend. President’s Evening invitations will be with you in the magazine. This seems early but the next issue of the Magazine may not reach you in time for a reply before the day itself, so better to be safe! I hope our many new members will get involved in our many sections after Newcomers’ morning. My Charity this year is The Valley School. It is a small school near Moss Hey School, off Moss Lane in Bramhall and is devoted to disabled cont/…


children who may need one-to-one care. It is a lifeline to their parents who devote the whole of their lives to caring for children who cannot take part in a normal education. We shall see more about this at Charity Day on 23rd June with the usual Fair, Lunch and numerous other moneyraising activities. I hope everyone will get involved to give them the best effort possible. I also hope to have an evening event on 30 th June watch this space! We’ve had lunch with the Art section at the Deanwater; lovely, a talk by Don Hyde with the Wine section; very interesting, a Dance for the Dancing VP; beautiful and a welcoming to all our new members on the Sunday morning ending another weekend. We had the Travel Annual dinner with quiz and another Walrus lunch with Simply Books- do pop in! Gardeners’ Bulb Show was lovely and I judged the entries with Brian Wood. This was followed by the Bowlers’ Lunch which was delicious and then I tried my hand at bowling; not the most promising of pupils! I have two lunches to look forward to next weekend Bridge and Caracamp and then who knows! Everyone has made us very welcome with typical Brookdale hospitality and big thanks go to all the helpers who cook, set up, clear away, do flowers etc. etc. Best wishes! And I hope all those who are not in the best of health will soon be back with us.

Angela Cowap



Monday 23rd April 2012 at 8:00 pm in the Jubilee Room. All Club Members are invited to attend Please give notice of matters you intend to raise to Carole Taylor (Club Secretary) or Andy Altree (Chairman) by Friday 13th April.


Thanks to Gerry Needham and the Dancing Section who set up and ran the February Sale. It’s very pleasing that the Art Section have kindly agreed to run the March sale. The next Table Top Sales will be on Sundays 4th March, 22nd April and 27th May 2012. The telephone number for anyone wanting to book a table is 439 0606. The next following sale will be on Sunday 30th September. Anyone who is willing to help with these Sales in any way will be very welcome. The tasks are not onerous and most need only take just over an hour of your valuable time. If anyone not already on my list feels able to volunteer, you will be most welcome – Ray Rodwell - 0161 485 4665.




FASHION SHOW AT M & Co. – Cheadle Hulme Precinct TUESDAY 3rd APRIL

We have arranged a Fashion Show at M & Co, The Precinct, Cheadle Hulme starting at 7:00 pm. This will feature clothes modelled by volunteers from Brookdale from 7.00 to 8.00 pm, followed by an opportunity to shop from 8.00 to 9.00 pm within the Store. M & Co have a lovely, well priced range of clothing for children to seniors (male and female) and a voucher for 10% off for that evening only will be handed out on arrival. Car parking is available at the Cheadle Hulme Precinct up to 2 hours 30p and 2-3 hours 50p. Ticket price is £3 (which includes a drink and biscuit) and will be available at Section Coffee Mornings or from Judy and Ray Rodwell by phone (485 4665) or the Social Committee pigeon hole (please provide an SAE or pigeon hole address). We have 130 tickets available so please purchase early to avoid disappointment as the Fashion Show is also open to non Brookdale Members. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a very enjoyable evening!


Starting at 7:30 pm in the Main Hall, we will be entertained by three students from the Royal Northern College of Music. Andrew Dunlop (piano) will accompany Jessica Gillingwater and Stephen Berkiepa who will sing songs from the shows. A cold platter supper will be provided during the evening. Tickets are available from Carol Streak, please use the form in this issue of the News to request them.



This year, under the direction of Niel Lingwood, it is proposed to bring a new look to the Christmas Fair by integrating the traditional Brookdale activity with a High Quality Gift and Craft Fair. There will be something to suit all pockets from “£3 to £3,000!” We hope as many Sections as possible will continue with their usual activities and anything new will of course be welcome. We are not planning a lunch but food in the style of a German Christmas Market will be on offer. It is intended (indeed it may well have already happened) to discuss the proposals with sections in the near future as we still need their input. We are hoping for more members of the public to come and intend to advertise appropriately. More details will be given nearer the date and we hope everyone will support our efforts to re-vitalise this event which will be held on 1st December.



WHIST DRIVES The third Thursday each month is the day of our Open Whist Drive. We play in the Upper Hall, beginning to play at 7:30 pm and admission is ÂŁ2 per person, which includes a cup of tea and biscuits in the interval, when raffle tickets are sold. No partner needed, come and join us for a friendly evening. The whist and raffle prizes are presented to the winners by the President at the end of the evening. The next dates for whist are 15th March, 19th April and 17th May.

*** 250 CLUB

The monthly draw for the 250 Club takes place in the Bar at 11:30 am on the first Saturday of each month. The President draws the three winning numbers and presents the cheques to the winners. If you are not already in this fund raiser for the Brookdale, it is not too late to join. Blue forms are available in the club and to join with effect from April, you would only need to pay ÂŁ5 for each share. The series of draws ends with the August draw, and forms will be in the News prior to that date for the series starting in September. The winners were: January 1st P Wareing

2nd M Smith

3rd J Dunkerley

February 1st J Tudge

2nd M Wyles

3rd A M Paxton



BAR COMMITTEE Thank you to all our Bar staff for turning out on these freezing winter evenings. If you can do a duty, please see Jean. If you are entertaining the President or another guest such as a speaker, please obtain a receipt from the bar staff and give it to your own treasurer for reimbursement, NOT the bar staff. The February Quiz was taken by the Theatre-goers; well done to Sylvia and Elsie. There were more people than usual attending this time and so we need to be careful we do not run out of refreshments before everyone has partaken. So please restrict your helping until all are served. The March Quiz will be taken by Arthur and Sheila Watson on 4 th March and Harry Newton will be in charge of the April one on the 1 st April so watch out! May will be taken by Jo Moor and the Linguists and don’t forget your bottles of wine, Linguists. You have several bottles in store which you have won!! June sees Ian Dickinson doing the quiz and then Harvey will do the Charity Quiz on 24th June.


LARGE PRINT COPIES OF BROOKDALE NEWS If you, or any member you know of, have difficulty reading the A5 size Brookdale News, please tell Jean Tudge [either at the Club or on 0161 487 1324] and arrangements can be made for you to receive a large print copy.


Section News

(in alphabetical order)

ANDANTE We are now rehearsing for the concert here at the Brookdale Club, at 2:30pm on Sunday 25th March. It has been organised by the Multiple Sclerosis Society and costs £6.50 each, as advertised previously. You can still get tickets from David Smith, phone 0161 483 2716. Your support will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. We hope you will thoroughly enjoy the songs we have chosen for you. On Saturday 21st April we will be singing in our own ‘Coffee Morning’. As usual it will cost £1 each, and there is no need to buy a ticket beforehand, just turn up on the day and enjoy yourself. Be early in order to start at 10:30am when coffee and biscuits will be served in the main hall. We look forward to seeing you there and hope you are in good voice to sing along. We are hoping that Sheena Anderson will be back on her feet to sing in both concerts, she is recovering well from a hip replacement she had recently and wonders now why she didn’t have it done before. She has spent a few years putting up with the pain putting off the decision for as long as possible. She had the operation in Stepping Hill Hospital and she has nothing but praise for the medical staff involved in her treatment. The ward she was in was lovely. A number of Andante members have enjoyed visiting her at home and in hospital. She’s entertained them all with stories from her eventful life!!! We look forward to your return Sheena. Joyce Doodson is in Stepping Hill hospital also. She is recovering from a nasty fall and she will be in for at least three weeks having treatment to mend the damage to her leg. We wish her a full recovery without too much pain! Come back soon Joyce. We are also missing Lew Pritchard due to illness, and David Leach managed to miss an evening with man flu after his holiday with our leader Alan Streak cruising around the Mediterranean. They did have their wives with them to keep them on the straight and narrow!!! Alan got back in good spirits ready with the music programmes for the two concerts. Thanks to Iris Kirk for her help with distribution of the music. After all the work for the concerts we will be celebrating the year with a social evening for members of the choir on Wednesday 9 th May, when cont/… 7

some of them will be contributing various acts to entertain us. David Smith will again be organising the food. We look forward to the usual games and poems from Sheilah Mullen and possibly some more line dancing!!!! Please let David Smith know if you would like to perform! Our AGM will be held the week after. As always new members are welcome to join Andante.

***** ART Our annual lunch was held at the Deanwater Hotel and fifty members and friends were joined by our President, Angela. We had a delicious lunch and an enjoyable get-together. The workshop by Martin Goddard “Street scene with figures” was fully booked. We learnt that figures do not necessarily need feet, and heads on departing figures all remain at the same level. We have demonstration booked for 24 th April. Brenda Chappell is returning to show us aspects of flower painting. The 13th AGM of the Art Section is booked for 16th May. Our summer day out is a proposed visit to the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery and the Tate Modern on the Albert Dock where there is an exhibition featuring J W Turner, Monet and Twombly impressionist painters. There is also a new shopping mall called Liverpool One for a little retail therapy if needed. More details in the next “News”

***** BOWLING Our Bowling Section Luncheon, held at the Alma Lodge Hotel, was a great success, with excellent food and company. Unfortunately, our Chairman, Denis Cherrington, was unable to attend due to a fall the previous day. Our VP, Jean Grimes, thanked Denis in his absence, for all his hard work organising this event. Jean then welcomed our President Angela and husband Denis. Angela then thanked the Bowling Section for their hospitality. The 19th February was the Bowling Section's Day to entertain our President to lunch, together with the VP's of the Brookdale Club and their Escorts. As usual it was a great success. All the guests thoroughly 8

enjoyed the proceedings and thanked the Bowling Committee for their hard work. The Blackshaw Cup is drawing to a close with only the semi-finals and final to be played. Good bowling to you all. Two of our members have been going through a bad time health-wise recently. We send our best wishes to Ron Marquiss and Grafton Perry and indeed to any other of our members who have not been too well.

***** BRIDGE How pleasant to note that I have no medical comments to make; spring has come early this year and most of us at present may be jumping with joy as we drink in the beauty of snowdrop and crocus. However only yesterday I can report that our Annual Lunch was as an outstanding success. Well attended, excellent cuisine and old and new friends brought us together in a most congenial way. The bridge played after the meal was light-hearted yet with an element of competitiveness so characteristic of our Section. Robyn, our V.P., at her best, seemed to encourage our table manners – eating and playing. I’ve trawled the Manchester Bridge League only to find that Bramhall Green and Brookdale Spades are floating around the middle; certainly not among the little fishes. Knowing the quality of our team members, I take the optimistic view that they’ll gain respectability rather than glory. Who knows? I’m impressed by our Thursday evening Bridgemate wizard, Adrian Lee. Indeed, I’m reminded of these words of the Irish poet, Oliver Goldsmith. “And still they gazed and still the wonder grew that one small head could carry all he knew”. Thank you, young man. There is an Open Bridge Drive on Saturday 14th April, at 7:30 pm in the Upper Hall.



CARACAMP Tickets are going fast for Betty’s Jazz Night so if you haven’t bought yours yet please phone Hilary (483 1503) or Betty (439 4300) or fill in the application form in this Brookdale News. Full details appeared in the last “News” and are on the noticeboard. We have had two very successful and enjoyable coffee mornings since Christmas – is it the scones and cakes or the friendly atmosphere ? (or both?). Whichever – it was lovely to see so many people in January and February. Our Sunday lunchtime outing to the Deanwater Hotel was very well supported by the section and we renew our thanks to Sheilah for the organisation. The Diminishing Whist at our Carachat on 26 th March is open to everyone and I understand that you don’t need to be able to play whist! We were very sorry to hear that Joyce Doodson had a fall recently and this has resulted in a lengthy stay in hospital. Our love and good wishes go to her and Peter. Because of Bank Holiday alterations this year we are only able to fit in five instead of the usual six carabreak weekends. The dates and sites are as follows:26th April - 1st May 24th May - 29th May Sun 7th - Thurs. 14th July 6th Sept - 11th Sept. 4th Oct - 9th Oct.

Low Hall Farm Kirkby in Furness. Pen–y–Bont Farm Carrog Denbighshire Ludlow Touring Park Shropshire T.B.A T.B.A *****


DANCING We have welcomed several new dancers recently and hope they continue to enjoy their dancing. Our VP dance in February was very successful, thanks to the hard working committee. with an excellent meal and a varied and entertaining programme of dances from our MC Dennis Hill. Thanks to everyone concerned. Since then we have been learning the “Tourmaline Tango”, taught to us by Richard and Susan Church, which a lot of us have picked up fairly quickly!! We now look forward to our next Saturday dance, on 12 th May, which will be our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY celebration, when our MC will be Richard Church and we will be having a gold theme. Tickets will be on sale shortly for this popular event. Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 9th May at 7:30 pm, with dancing afterwards. This is your chance to have you say in the running of the dancing section and at the same time find out who will be your future VP.

***** DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Keep it simple. Good advice for a lot of things, and particularly valuable when mounting and framing your precious photographs. Our January meeting welcomed Ken Morton to explain and demonstrate. With the help of pre-cut mounts and a variety of frame corners he showed how the wrong choices can detract from or overwhelm our photographs. He then was able to show how to enhance our photographs by choosing white or pale cream mounts and less ornate frames. Speaking from 20 yrs. experience he told us about non reflective glass and even special U.V. absorbing glass to help prevent fading of the photograph. Mount board is available in qualities which include archive quality and conservation board which will last about 100 yrs. and museum quality, good for a 1000 yrs. (which is a lot more than can be said for me!!). Visit Ken’s website for further information, On the subject of websites, we would like to offer our thanks to George Berry and Roger Salt for producing a new, very modern, clear and informative website for the Brookdale Club, with all the sections represented. Well worth a look. We have all done it! Inadvertently produced amusing or bizarre photo mishaps. Pictures of our feet or thumbs, telegraph poles growing out of cont/… 11

peoples heads and lamp posts that intrude and spoil the picture. At our February meeting Ray Halls gave us an informative insight into what can go wrong, with many photo failures projected to show what to avoid. Included in his advice was to check the outer edges of the viewfinder or screen, as obtrusive objects tend to hide here and be overlooked while concentrating on the main subject. Changing your viewpoint can also help, just a few steps either way can make all the difference. All Ray’s deliberately? produced failures enhanced his talk and gave an insight into what to avoid. Plenty of food for thought. Our evening ended with a very good digital presentation produced by Laurie Bell, showing patterns both natural and man made, as an appetite wetter for our next photo competition. Thank you, Laurie for sending this in for us to see. It was very helpful. Our winter scene competition was judged by the members present and our congratulations go to the following winners:-1 st Alison Davids 2nd Trevor Shannon 3rd Ray Bradley. Look for the photographs in the display case, where they will be shown for a while. Our future competition subjects for a max of two A4 or 10 x 8 inch photographs are:- April-Patterns, May-Doors and Doorways, July-Food. Our section will again be sponsoring the President’s charity cup photo competition, when the subject will be Gardens, either public or private. Full details and an entry form will be in the next news. An important change to note is that due to events beyond our control our AGM will now be held on Monday 21st May and not as previously advertised. Finally, our good friend Paul McNulty will no longer, owing to work commitments, be able to conduct our Q and A sessions. We all wish him well in his new job and say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the generous help he has given us. We will, however give help and advice to anyone who wishes to ask us. Bring your camera and instruction book. Keep taking photographs as the better weather (hopefully) arrives. Dates for your diary:-[meetings held in the Lesser Hall] Tue 20th March Q and A George Wilson on Landscape Photography Tue 17th April Q and A Laurie Bell A history of slide shows Mon 21st May


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GARDENING As expected, the Annual Social Evening made a very lively start to the New Year, but unexpectedly and at short notice due to illness, the Tom Steer Trio were unable to appear. Instead, comedian, raconteur, impressionist and soft-shoe-shuffler from Salford Johnny More entertained us as himself, George Burns, Frank Carson, Les Dawson, Frank Sinatra, etc., non-stop for an hour. Thank you, Tom, for helping us to make this booking, and thanks to Johnny for congratulating us all on our very youthful appearance. Add to that, the steak pie was very good, there was dancing, stand-up bingo and a raffle. Well done all. Now, hands up all those who think a gardening talk is a serious matter! Well, yes it is, but it can also be fun if you listen to Irene Scowcroft. At the February Evening Event this breezy Boltonian described herself as a hybrid of Alan Titchmarsh and Peter Kay and proved it with a range of garden remedies from the conventional to garlic, blue tits and homemade fly papers, and a method of disposal of slugs and snails (involving a very long and flexible shoe horn) which once involved her with the police and which, it follows, is not recommended by your committee. The January and February Coffee Mornings were very well attended in spite of the weather. At the latter event all the Bulb Show winners (and of course particularly overall winner Carole Wyatt) were warmly and deservedly applauded. Add to that the coffee, the friendliness, the plant stall, the raffle, announcements, advice and two of the best jokes for years, from Club President Angela and Section VP Brian.....what value for a pound! FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS Vice-President's Evening Event, Friday 27 th April, Upper Hall, 8:00 pm: Expert Anthony Norman: Container Gardening, a practical demonstration. Half-day visit to Sue Beesley's Gardens Wednesday 30 th May (NB not Monday 28th as previously advised) £11, departing Club at 12 noon. VP's Outing to Chatsworth Wednesday 11th July £20. Visit to Breezy Knees Garden near York Thursday 30th August £17. Coffee Mornings, Main Hall, Saturdays 24 th March, 14th April, 12th May, 10:00 am. Annual General Meeting, Thursday 31st May, Upper Hall, 8:00 pm.

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PRESIDENT’S CHARITY DAY 23rd JUNE 2012 The Brookdale Year is moving on with some speed and so it is with the thought of the longer warmer days ahead that we realise that Charity Day with all its associated events is on the horizon. So please reserve the date in your diary and be ready to make your bookings as the Charity Events appear in the News. As you will have read in our President’s letter her chosen Charity for her Year is The Valley School, off Moss Lane, Bramhall which is devoted to disabled children, often those needing one to one care. So please do all you can to support such a worthy cause. The Charity Luncheon is one of the highlights of the day and included in the inserts is the first sight of the booking form and a letter from Niel Lingwood inviting your participation. This home cooked lunch, prepared by volunteers, is a firm favourite with all members, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


LINGUISTS I am sorry to have to start this month’s piece by noting the recent death of Ian Hyslop, an old friend of the Section. Peter Miles comments as follows:“Ian Hyslop, who died in January, was a former member of the Brookdale. He first joined the Operatic Society and then the Linguists, being a member of the French, German and Italian Groups. He organised and led the annual so-called “Kraft durch Freude” walks (usually 12 miles!) in the 1970s, when groups of more than 20 would take part.” Ian will be sadly missed by those who knew him. At our VP’s Evening on 14th January we enjoyed a very good Cheese and Ham Platter supper, after which we were in the right mood to be entertained by Brookdale’s very own Whinge and Racket (Gerry Needham and Alan Streak) with Alan’s grand daughter Georgia as guest vocalist. What a splendid evening and how lucky we are to be able to call on such a talented trio! Many thanks indeed to the entertainers and those who organised the evening and worked so hard on the catering. Our Early Spring Daffodil Coffee Morning on 25 th February was a symphony of yellow, with many of those attending responding to the call to dress appropriately or bring a daffodil, as well as table decorations of daffodils and spring greenery. How good to feel that the winter is nearly behind us. Again, a big thank you to the Committee and their helpers. The next event will be the “Dine and Climb” evening, our main event, on Saturday 24th March at 7:30 pm in the Main Hall. There will be a two-course meal, followed by a talk by Kathleen Potts about her adventures in Nepal, and it promises to be a most enjoyable evening. As I write, tickets are selling out fast, but if you have not booked, there is still a last chance and there is a Booking form in this News – please be quick as we have to close the booking fairly soon. The last event of the season will be the Late Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday 28th April at 10:30 am in the Upper Hall. Do join us to enjoy coffee, biscuits and good conversation, and to share details of your plans for the summer. Our AGM will be on Monday 14th May in the Upper Hall at 8:00pm, so come along to hear the Committee’s reports for the year and also who our new VP will be! I imagine that as usual there will be a glass of wine to reward those attending! cont/… 15

I should also give an early mention for the Boules Sessions, which as the spring weather and lighter evenings tempt us out will begin on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings in the Car Park. No definite arrangements as yet, but do watch the Noticeboard for details. Finally, what better way to prepare for your holiday than by joining one of our language groups. To find out more about them, particularly any new club members, do contact the Group Leaders who are:FRENCH GERMAN WELSH ENGLISH SPANISH

Jo Moor Peter Miles George Beaumont Jean Harrington David Singleton

0161-439-9818 0161-488-4130 0161-439-5445 0161-456-8761 0161-485-5123


RAMBLERS Etherow Country Park and Keg Wood: Alan Booth & Kim Apthorpe Thursday, 12th January found 11 walkers on a dull morning for our first ramble of the year. Unfazed we set off past a multitude of noisy water fowl and to our surprise came across a mole on the bank of the lake who was involved in his busy day, quite unconcerned by 11 bemused and interested faces watching his every move. Onward into Keg Wood where the sun broke through the cloud lifting our spirits even more. Underfoot was a bit muddy, but our surroundings were beautiful in their winter dress. Toward the end of our walk we found ourselves at the weir which was spectacular after the recent heavy rain. Afterwards we enjoyed an excellent meal at the Andrews Arms in good company and non stop conversation. Chelford Walk 9th February 2012: Shirley & Harry Ten members set off very enthusiastically with Sheila taking the lead and showing how fit she is after the Christmas blues. Chelford village was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and later renamed from Celeford to Chelford. The walk from the village took in the surrounding farmland area with interesting features such as the sandpits which are still being excavated. The walk continued through Georges Wood where in the early summer there is a good show of bluebells. This would be a pleasant walk in the 16

spring/summer. We stopped for refreshments at Bag Brook (including a shot of Courvoisier). We carried on across open fields to the church of St.John’s, built in 1776, passing the picturesque church cottages. We were able to enter the church for a brief period of time which was very interesting showing the gated oak pews. We observed the Chelford Corner Shoppe built in 1705 with the post office section opening in 1854. The walk then continued to the Egerton Arms where we all enjoyed a good lunch.  January Stroll: Blanche Milgate 7 strollers set off on a cold, damp and windy morning from the Brookdale for a walk of about 2 hours duration. This took us along some of the footpaths of Bramhall, but in view of the quantity of rain that had descended in the time between posting the notice and setting off, Plan B had to be put into operation. Instead of beginning our walk along the Fred Perry Way, which would have been extremely muddy, we set off in the opposite direction to Bramhall Park, Carr Wood, through the Dairyground estate and finally into Happy Valley. We were all well wrapped up and it proved to be quite enjoyable and, as always when we walk locally, one or two people found themselves in places where they had never been. Lunch at the Ladybrook was very tasty and inexpensive. Spring is around the corner. Why not join us for a walk or a ramble? Try it; you may enjoy the experience as much as we do! Times and dates are in the Forthcoming Events Section and venues on the Ramblers noticeboard. We meet in the Brookdale car park and share cars.

***** THEATRE Ian McEwen has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of Dr Hubert Bonney in “It Runs in the Family” by NODA. Well done Ian, thoroughly well deserved. Anyway, now the big announcement has been made, lets go to the more mundane matters of what is happening with the Theatre section……. (mundane, you must be joking!) As I write, your scribe is in the latter stages of rehearsing for “A Voyage Round My Father”. As you read this, you have probably just watched this cont/… 17

rather wonderful play and enjoyed its poignant and funny story. Certainly the cast and crew (who, by the way, make various cameos in it ), have really enjoyed making it for all of you, the audience. Our next production is “The Producers” which is based (I shall attempt to get this right) on the Show based on the Film based on the Show based on the Film. Basically it was written by a certain Mel Brooks, who made the film first, then a stage show, then a new film, and finally a new version of the show. You may have seen it recently at the Palace Theatre with Peter Kay in the star role. What is it about though? Well to put it bluntly, it is a couple of producers who want to put on a show that will fail at the box office, as the financial returns are greater if it fails. However things don’t turn out as they should. It is hilarious and well worth going to see. On the subject of the Producers, some help is certainly needed behind the scenes. There is a need for someone to help with props during the week of the show, and 3-4 weeks before. So if you can help, please can you say to the committee. Many thanks. Don’t forget our annual VP’s evening called “Sparkle with Sue”. Details are on the booking form in the middle of the News. As usual it is guaranteed to be a great night, so get your tickets early as it is bound to be a sell-out! We have heard that a couple of BYT members have landed parts in TV productions which will be shown soon. Harriet Waters will be in “Scott and Bailey” on ITV 3 and Ed Ashley will be in “Anthony and Cleopatra” on the BBC. Well done Ed and Harriet, well deserved, and proves that Brookdale are producing some excellent talent. Just to remind you that there will not be a coffee morning in April. This is because our usual slot is Easter Saturday. So please make a note in your diaries. Next another plea for help please. We are looking for additional members to work in the box office during productions. If you are interested please let the committee know.

Now the most important news from theatre …………



We are pleased to announce the productions for our next season, and boy are they good. So here we go……… 10th October – 13th October 2012 The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow. [3 Men and 1 Woman] This is a hilarious version of the much loved novel by John Buchan in which a theatre group attempt to put the story on the stage. The two main characters are themselves throughout the play, whereas the other two cast members play ALL the other characters of the story. For all you info. lovers, Mark Hadfield, a former member of the club and professional actor, was in the world premier of this production, and the touring version which played at the Lowry. One to certainly put in the diary, as it will be a treat! 19th November - 24th November 2012 The BYT production of “Little Shop of Horrors” This is based on the 1986 film which starred Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. Lots of catchy songs, full of life, and a Must See. 23rd January - 26th January 2013 This play is to be confirmed, but keep an eye out on the notice board. 13th March – 16th March 2013 Blood Money by The Heather Brothers. [Male 1 (40s) Female 3 (20s40s). 1 Female extra. 1 Male 2 Female voices only. Set: A lounge] Seven years ago, Mike Mason, star of TV's "Bargain Basement", and his wife Liz killed young Carol Mitchell in a hit-and-run car accident and now it seems they have at last been found out. A mysterious telephone caller claims to be Carol Mitchell and her name appears in blood on the wall; Liz is certain she has been followed; then a car draws up outside the house and shots soon ring out …….... 24th April - 29th April 2013 Acorn Antiques The Musical! A hilarious musical about an antiques shop in the wonderful Manchesterford. The script is based on Victoria Wood’s soap opera Acorn Antiques which was first seen on BBC Television 21 years ago and has been a firm favourite with the nation ever since!! The musical follows Miss Babs' struggle to keep her antiques business open, as shop after shop in the High Street is forced out by faceless chains... Can she afford to turn down the offer from The Guilty Bean - the world's second biggest chain of coffee shops (We're second so we grind harder!) and, if they do update the shop, can they still afford to employ Mrs Overall? And will Mr Clifford ever get his memory back and cont/… 19

remember who he's engaged to? And, most worryingly, will Mrs Overall be able to tap dance while holding the tray?!!



All those lucky people who booked tickets for “ Wonderful Town ” – please remember the date is Tuesday 10 April, and we will be leaving the Club at 6: 15 pm prompt for the evening performance. Don’t miss it – it will be SPECIAL.

***** TRAVEL 13th January: We had a trip to Antarctica. The scenery was breathtaking and it was lovely to look at in warm comfort. I must confess I am a wimp and if I had to sail through a Force 12 gale to see it – I would pass! 17th February: Our Annual Dinner was a very good evening. The food was delicious and the event rounded off with a very amusing talk by Mr Robbie Phillips. Anecdotes about his time as a surgeon, children’s misconceptions and a few jokes. I think most of us went home replete with a smile on our faces. 23rd March: A Moroccan Adventure with Mr Barry Rowlands. (At the end of the evening Bryan would like all who are going on the Spring Break to linger a while so he can give you all details of the trip) 28th March: There will be a day trip to Hope Valley and David Mellor’s Design Studios. 20th April: Put your comfy shoes on for a walk along “The Isle of Man Coastal Path” with John Wilson. 28th April: The Spring Break to Keswick. 18th May: Travel Club AGM In the last News I said we were going to see the snowdrops. Unfortunately, due to the weather the snowdrops are not behaving as they should, so we had to cancel. Our good wishes for a speedy recovery to all members who are not in the best of health.

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WALRUS As I write this entry towards the end of February for March circulation I once again marvel at the climate in which we live, for two days ago we were basking in almost Summer sunshine with the temperatures heading towards 17 Degrees and tonight the thermometer has dropped well down once more with a brilliant New Moon resting on its back in a starry sky. So what we can expect next is any ones guess. No doubt you have all heard of the talk of stand pipes for the coming summer. Keep your fingers crossed. Have you also heard the news of the increase in postal charges this coming Autumn when there is talk about 2 nd Class Postage being raised to 55 pence per item? It’s catching up with a pint of Milk. So much for my ramblings. Our February luncheon was well attended and many of us were greatly absorbed by the talk from Andrew Cant of 'Simply Books'. His pleasantly casual approach to his life story so far and description of the interest both he and his partner take with all their clients, both young and old, went a long way to explaining the success they have achieved as a prize winning independent bookshop. Our next lunch on 21st March will also be one most of our members will want to attend, for we shall have a talk from Susan Dale of Farnworth on the origins and growth of the world of the 'Eddie Stobart' organisation. Susan and her husband will be bringing along a collection of model Stobart vehicles. I wonder how many of you ladies travelling around the country by car have collected the numbers of those highly recognisable vehicles together with the livery and smart uniforms etc of their drivers. Don't miss it. Our April lunch is on Wednesday the 18th, and we are currently under negotiations for a speaker on this date. Don't forget that the clock is ticking its way towards Summer Time which is on Sunday March 25th. Lighter nights on their way.Many activities continue in Brookdale, all of which deserve as much support as possible, that’s what Brookdale is all about i.e the provision of functions and entertainment that we can enjoy with all our friends.. Meantime, keep well, warm and happy. See you soon.



WINE SOCIETY I can’t believe that by the time this News drops through your letterbox Spring will only be two weeks away. The Winter has, for me at least, flown by. Since the last edition, we have enjoyed two monthly meetings – January brought a welcome Hot Pot Supper followed by a fascinating talk on Bees and Honey and in February our own Don Hyde presented a variety of very professional videos of the many interesting areas he and Judy have visited over the years. We were particularly impressed by the excellent commentary – did we recognise that voice? Our March meeting – a wine tasting – will be reviewed in the next news. After we have all eaten our Easter eggs and admired the spring flowers, we look forward to being entertained by Bryan Lingwood on 13 th April. Bryan will regale us with stories of A Schoolboy in the War Years. I can’t wait to hear him! We are still looking for a Programme Secretary for next year. Please, please consider helping out even if it is for just one year. Our VP Evening this year will be held on 25 th May. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee we have decided to hold a right royal Street Party in the Main Hall. There will be a special buffet and entertainment by the ‘Brookdale Concert Party’. Surprises too! Look out for ticket details in this News and book up quickly. We always welcome new members, whether you enjoy drinking wine or whether you prefer something else! Come and see us one Friday.



MESSAGES TO MEMBERS GOOD WISHES The Gardeners send heartiest congratulations and every good wish and kind regard to Nora Toyne for her 104th birthday. The Gardeners are very sorry to hear that Joyce Doodson is in hospital after an accident, facing what may be a considerable time before all is well again, and send best wishes for a complete recovery. Caracamp send good wishes to Joyce Doodson who is in hospital. The Wine Section send best wishes to Joyce Doodson who is in hospital. We hope you will soon be better and back with us. Theatre send congratulations and best wishes to Vicky Geary and her husband Nick on the birth of baby Oliver on 21 st February. Oliver weighed in at a healthy 8lb 5oz – Mum and baby are both well.


THANK YOU From Patience:- “I didn’t know I had so many friends, thank you so much for the cards, phone messages, and visits which made my stay more bearable. Many thanks to you all.”


IN MEMORIAM On behalf of the President and members of the Club a donation has been made to MacMillan Cancer Support in memory of Mrs Nancy Clark who passed away recently.


Brookdale News Deadlines for 2011/12 Season Edition Dated May 2012 July 2012

Copy to Editor by 8:00 pm on Friday:13th April 25th May

Delivery from about:Mon. 1st May Thu. 14th June

Message to Deliverers of the News: It is hoped that the May News will be available for delivery by 1 st May.


NEW MEMBERS We would like to welcome the following new members to Brookdale:Introductory Membership: Miss E Azariah Mr K Goodwin Mr D Scriven Mrs C Scriven Mrs S Bell Mr D Downham Mrs J Long Mrs J Wright

Mr C Grattan Mr D Bell Mr J Keats

Junior Membership:Michael Ashley

Resignations: M Nabb Deceased: Mrs Nancy Clark

*** R Shenton

J Vickers


DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT NEWS 13th April (Friday) (May 2012 Edition) This edition should cover events for May through to the mid August (if you wish). Inserts are bound in the middle of the news, so these must be with the editors by the deadline. If you need any help with the layout then please ask well before the deadline.

Email contributions to Please ensure all attached documents are word or rich text files with file extension .doc or .rtf


SECTION SECRETARIES If you have any queries concerning a Section or Event you may find the following list helpful:-



Telephone No.


Pam Griffiths

419 9727


Delia Haslam

486 0550


Paul Golds

01625 535493


Rita Chadwick (Acting)

439 1897


Hilda Taylor

01625 876453


Rosemary Moorhouse

427 6001


Wendy Birch-Jones

483 1672


Joan Clare

439 2711

Digital Photo

Ingrid Halls

439 6095


Dorothy Woodall

483 8229


Wendy Joyce

01625 873601


Sheila Haley

439 5240


Brian Guest

01663 763678

Social* Theatre Theatregoers* Travel

Carol Pimlott Marilyn Webley Sylvia Hill Jean Hopkins

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Jean Lingwood

439 3181


Roger Salt

439 0371

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Contact details for Club Officials and the Editor are inside the front cover.

If you would like any information about joining any of the above groups or helping the committees then please do not hesitate to ring the Secretary shown above for more information.



FORTHCOMING EVENTS MARCH Wed 14th to Sat 17th Thu 15th Sat 17th Tue 20th Wed 21st Fri 23rd Sat 24th Sat 24th Sun Mon Wed Sat Sat

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Theatre Production: A Voyage Round my Father by John Mortimer Open Whist Drive Bowling: Coffee Morning Digital Photography: Q & A George Wilson on Landscape Photography Walrus: Luncheon Travel: A Moroccan Adventure, talk by Barry Rowlands Gardening: Coffee Morning Linguists: “Dine and Climb” Meal followed by talk from Kathleen Potts Ramblers: Stroll Caracamp: Diminishing Whist Travel: Day Out to the Hope Valley Ramblers: Coffee Morning Theatre VP’s Night“Sparkle with Sue”

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Theatregoers: “Wonderful Town” at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Ramblers: Ramble Wine: Talk Bryan Lingood- “My School Years during the War


Gardening: Coffee Morning Songs from the Shows by musicians from the RNCM Open Bridge Drive Bowling: Indoor Bowling Ends Bowling: First Wood outdoors Gardening: RHS National Garden Week Event 26

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APRIL continued Tue 17th Digital Photography: Q & A Laurie Bell- A History of Slide Shows Wed 18th Walrus: Luncheon Thu 19th Open Whist Drive Fri 20th Travel: The Isle of Man Coastal Path, a talk by John Wilson Sat 21st Andante: Coffee Morning and Sing Along Sat 21st Caracamp: Open Evening- Jazz Night Sun 22nd Table Top Sale Sun 22nd Ramblers: Stroll Mon 23rd Travel: Spring Break (to 27th ) Mon 23rd CLUB MEMBERS FORUM Thu 26th Bowling: Prestatyn Bowls Day Fri 27th Gardening: Vice- President’s Eve., Anthony Norman container gardening Sat 28th Linguists: Coffee Morning Mon 30th Theatre Production: “The Producers” Sat. Matinee


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MAY Sat Sat Sun Wed Mon Thu Fri Sat Sat Mon Wed Wed Thu Thu Fri Sat

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Theatre: Coffee Morning 250 Club Draw Bar Quiz Night Dancing: AGM

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Digital Photography: AGM LESSER HALL Bowling: AGM UPPER HALL Social Committee: AGM Wine: VP Evening- “A Street Party fit MAIN HALL for for a Queen

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See Noticeboard Ramblers: Ramble Wine: AGM UPPER HALL Gardening: Coffee Morning MAIN HALL Dancing: GOLDEN Anniversary Dance MAIN HALL Linguists: AGM UPPER HALL Walrus: Lunch and AGM MAIN HALL Andante: AGM JUBILEE RM Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL Caracamp: AGM LESSER HALL Travel: AGM UPPER HALL




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MAY continued Sun 27th Table Top Sale Sun 27th Ramblers: Stroll Wed 30th Gardening: Visit to Sue Beesley’s Gardens Thu 31st Gardening: AGM JUNE Sat 2nd Sun 3rd Mon 4th

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THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE BANK HOLIDAY Ramblers: Ramble Digital Photography: Q & A Topic to be announced Open Whist Drive Ramblers: Stroll CHARITY BAR QUIZ NIGHT

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CLUB DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Members Forum President’s Evening President’s Charity Day President’s Charity Evening Club AGM Vice Presidents Evening Christmas Fair



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23rd April 19th May 23rd June 30th June 20th September 22nd September 1st December


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