Harworth 'Christie' Theatre Organ Enthusiasts Opening Concert 30th September 1973 OF
The opening day concert setting 30th September 1973 Celebrating 42 Years of THEATRE ORGAN MUSIC in HARWORTH 1973 onwards
Journal of the Harworth 'Christie' Organ Enthusiasts January/February 2016 Hello everyone As you will see from the above date, another year has sped by and we are now into 2016, so to begin, may I wish each and every one of you a Very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year. A quick look back over 2015 tells me that once again the society had another good year, with very few disappointments, so now we are looking forward to carrying that on into 2016. One thing that does stand out is the increase in admission fees etc. This only came about due to our Treasurer, Joan, pointing out at the AGM that there had been a shortfall in revenue over the past two years, hence the decision to increase fees. I have to say that this decision has been accepted without anyone showing any signs of not agreeing with it, so thank you for being so understanding. Even now, only three months into the new charges I can see the positive impact it is making on our finances. At the end of the day we haven't raised our pricing for some considerable time, and even now that we have, I believe we can claim to still be one of the cheapest societies around. I would like to say a very big thank you to those members who have either donated money to the general account, and those who have donated to helping with postage costs for the Newsletter. It is just so good to know that you are interested enough in the society to help in this way. Also the members who have decided to receive Golden Notes on line, you are all helping to keep costs down. So THANK YOU. Just to finish could I also say a big thank you to everyone who has donated towards the Raffles and Tombola's over the Christmas period, whether it be
2 material or monetary, Once again, your generosity is unbelievable. THANK YOU Stay tuned, enjoy 2016, and above all, stay ORGANISED. Mick Mason The Armistice Charity Dance - 14th November I am very happy to report that the Armistice Dance was a great success, with around 47 people attending, and while we did not have live music, everyone agreed that it was a good evening. During the evening, completely unbeknown to me, my Daughter turned up with two boxes of homemade 'Armistice Cup Cakes';, which she sold at 50p each, making a total of ÂŁ30 for the charity, my Son in Law donated ÂŁ10 from his motor accessory shop in Armthorpe, and coming up to the interval Olive came out of the kitchen with a plate of 'good old fashioned' ' Bread and Dripping' for each table. At the end of the evening I was delighted to announce that we had made ÂŁ340-00 for the 'Soldiers off the Streets' charity, based in Rhyl, North Wales. In closing I would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who supported the evening it was well worth the effort. Mick Mason The Robert Davies Dance - November 21st. I was under the impression that this would be Robert's debut here at Harworth, but after chatting with him, he could tell me that he had played here before, possibly 1991, so it may have seemed like a debut after all that time. It is something of a mystery why he had not been invited back as he played a lovely evenings dancing for everyone, and I couldn't count on both hands how many people told me how perfect his tempo's were. The plus for us was that while he brought along his keyboard, it served simply to provide the rhythms for the dances, which meant he played the 'Christie' all evening. Altogether a lovely evenings dancing, which provided a nice atmosphere in the Hall also. Suffice to say, I would like to thank Robert on your behalf and assure him it won't be another 24 years before he returns. Many Thanks Robert, you did us and yourself proud. Mick Mason
3 The Damon Willetts Concert - November 22nd. After believing that it was Robert Davies debut on the Saturday, today I was correct in saying that it was Damon's. When Damon arrived we had time to have a chat and it was at this point I was able to clarify the fact that he is NOT related to Trevor Willetts. This was something that had been in my mind for some time as the surname is not an every day one, and Damon told me that if he had a pound for everyone who had asked him the question he would be quite rich. He began his concert with his signature tune, 'Riding on a Rainbow', before going into 'Sing Everybody Sing, and Under the Double Eagle'. Next was 'Too Late Now, and There's a Small Hotel;, Then we had 'With a Song in my Heart, Mountain Greenery, Now and then, The Lady is a Tramp, Blue Moon, and In Old Manhattan'. Then we had a 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue'. Another selection of nice music next with 'Misty, The Second Waltz, Shallow Waters, and Sanctuary of the Heart'. To take us to the interval we had a selection of music from the musical South Pacific. 'Bali Hi, Hello Young Lovers, If I loved You, I Whistle s Happy Tune, People Will Say We're in Love, and You'll Never Walk Alone'. INTERVAL To begin the second half we had 'Theatreland' followed by 'Stardust, Mornings at Seven, Vienna, City of my Dreams, Vienna for Ever, and Smoke gets in your Eyes'. This was followed by another selection of popular music from 'Kings Rhapsody'. 'Someday my Heart will Awake, Take my Girl. Fly .Home Little Heart etc. The second half had sped by and it was time for the finale', which was two marches. 'Sons of the Brave, and the Youth of Britain March'. Altogether it was a lovely debut concert from Damon, with some of the music that we regularly hear, and some that was not quite so familiar. There is no doubt that we shall ask Damon to make a return visit in the not too distant future. Many thanks Damon for a lovely afternoon, see you soon. Reported by Sally Taylor and Alan Clayton Compiled by Mick Mason.
4 The Joanne Naulls Christmas Dance - Saturday, 19th December 2015 So here we were approaching yet another Christmas, The Trees were decorated and lit, the Hall Trimmings were up and sparkling, and the stage was set for an enjoyable evening with Joanne, and as always she didn't disappoint. During the evening she spent most of the time on the Christie, interspersing it with a few sessions on her Electronic. The evening had a reasonable attendance and I believe everyone there enjoyed the evening, so many thanks to you all for attending and to Joanne for her contribution. The Annual Christmas Concert with 'Joanne Naulls' and 'Damion'. Sunday, 20th December 2015. So the stage was set for the Christmas Concert, the only difference to Saturday was that Joanne had packed her Electronic away to make room for Damion's equipment. The concert began with Joanne playing a selection of Christmas music, including a couple of Carols. Next we had 'I am what I am, The Best of Times, Dizzy Fingers, and That's Amore'. More Christmas music next with 'We Three Kings of Orient Are, I Saw Three Ships, Chestnuts Roasting by an open Fire. Joanne knew that our good friend and member Barry Lenton was in the audience, so she played the March that he composed to Celebrate our 40th Anniversary, ;Ruby Red March'. Then going into 'Old Comrades'. It was now time for Damion to make an appearance, together with his trusty Electronic Guitar. It's a well known fact that Damion takes his music from the 'Beatles' and 'Shadows' era, so it was no surprise to hear him play 'Lucky Lips, Dance On (Shadows), Sumer Time Blues, Things we used to do'. Next Damion gave us a Christmas Selection associated with the 'Pop' era, including 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree' etc. Back to Joanne now to take us to the interval, first of all with 'South Rampart Street Parade', followed by another selection of classic Christmas music. 'Ding Dong Merrily on High, Here comes Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus, Silver bells, and Mary's Boy Child'. INTERVAL
5 After the Interval it was time to draw the Raffle, and I would at this point to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has donated anything towards this year's Raffle Prizes, be it Items or Monetary. 22 very nice prizes were on offer for concert, with more to follow at the Annual Buffet Dance in January. Also I would like to say a very BIG THANK YOU to my wife Olive for organising and putting together prizes that were on offer, they filled a table and were a wonderful sight to behold. Joanne then began the second half with a selection which included 'Roll out the Barrel, Christmas Polka, In the Deep Mid Winter, Let it Snow, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Walking in the Air, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, and When a Child is Born'. Great selection of tunes to begin this half. Time for Damian to reappear now, and for his spot he began with 'Let it Snow'. Next was a timeless classic that he always gets asked for, and one that he really excels with 'Telstar' played on his Electronic Guitar. I always think he plays that as good if not better than the original version. Another couple of tunes to take us back to a younger age was next, 'Teenager in Love and A Wonderful Picture of You'. To finish his spot he played that other classic 'Apache'. All Brilliant. Time to start thinking about wrapping the afternoon up now as Joanne reappeared to give us 'It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus is coming to Town, and Jingle Bells'. Then what else could we finish with other than the audience joining in with the traditional Christmas Carols. You really sang well and joined in with gusto, the snow began to fall on stage, and the feeling that Christmas was just around the corner was really dawning on us. Altogether it was a lovely concert and I would like to say thank you to both Joanne and Damian for their contributions, and I hope that we kept up with our claim that 'Christmas starts at Harworth'. And also just to say a very big thank you to all you members for your continued support over 2015, and hope that you will continue into 2016. I hope you had a Wonderful and Enjoyable Day on the 25th. Reported by Sally Taylor and Alan Clayton Compiled by Mick Mason
6 May I remind you all that your Membership Renewal will be due in January 2016. Due to increases in Postage charges etc. unfortunately we have had to increase this by 50p. We hope that even with the increase you will still find Membership good value for money. You can also receive 'Golden Notes' electronically by contacting our membership Secretary on 01302-834068 with your email details Many Thanks for your support over the past year, May I also remind you that if wish to join us for our Annual Buffet Dance on the 23rd January with our Vice President Philip Randles I need to know your numbers at least a week prior in order to give numbers to our caterer.
On Behalf of Everyone here at Harworth may I wish you all
A Very Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year in 2016 and Stay Organised
Dates for your Diary Saturday, 23rd January 2016 The Annual Buffet Dance with Vice President PHILIP RANDLES. 7-30 to 11pm Sunday, 24th January MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE in Concert 2-30pm Saturday, 27th February CAMERON LLOYD plays for Dancing 7-30 to 11pm Sunday, 28th February CHRIS STANBURY in Concert 2-30pm Saturday, 26th March BILL KING and HILARY Sunday, 27th, March NICHOLAS MARTIN See You There.
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THE HARWORTH ORGAN ENTHUSIASTS was founded in December 1971 by Mr. S. Morris and a team of enthusiasts, to cater for people interested in the Preservation of the Mighty Theatre Organs of yesteryear, also incorporating the Modern Electronic Organs. THE AIMS OF THE SOCIETY ARE:To promote friendship through the common love of organ music, and to provide, on a regular basis, Organ Concerts and dances throughout the year, using both Theatre and Electronic Organs, and featuring the Star Organists from across the British Isles. LIST OF OFFICIALS President Vice Presidents David Redfern Andrew Nix Philip Randles John Barnett Chairman Mr.P Randles 33, Zetland Road Doncaster 01302-367513
Gen. Secretary Mr. M Mason 5, Briar Court Harworth Doncaster 01302-744584
Treasurer Mrs. J. Herrington 62B, Sunderland Street Tickhill Doncaster 01302-742562
Mem. Secretary Mrs. A Watson 152, Nutwell Lane Armthorpe Doncaster 01302-834068
Concert Secretaries Mr. S. Harrison 07521209973 firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Members Mr. A Clayton Mrs. S Taylor
Organ Tuning and Maintenance Mr. C. Hinds 01522-526289
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