Forty Years and Counting. May/June 2013. Hello everyone Here I am again with what will be the last newsletter of the current season. A season that once again has seen some great weekends, coupled with some great individual performances from our visiting organists and entertainers. We also have to take into consideration the fact that we had to cancel the weekend that we had eagerly looked forward to with Chris Powell and John Barnett. As many of you will no doubt remember, that weekend turned out to be one of the worst during the last winter, and we all know, we had some poor weather over that period. When the snow fell we as a committee had to make a decision whether to go ahead with it or not, we had to take into account how many people would even consider venturing out in such conditions, when the AA and RAC and the weather forecasters were telling people not to travel unless they had to, plus we had to take into account the amount of work that we would have had to undertake at the hall in clearing snow etc to make the car park and surroundings safe for everyone. At the end of he day, it turned out to be the correct decision and as regards the dance, we were lucky enough to hold most of the regulars phone numbers, so were able to contact them direct on the Saturday morning. As regards the concert, the cancellation was put on our website and on Chris Powellâ€™s website, plus word of mouth went
2 around, so hopefully very few, if any, make the effort to get to Harworth that weekend. If you did make it, I must apologise for inconvenience it caused you, but we felt it was the right decision in everyone’s interested and safety. No decision has been made as yet as to whether we shall try to fit such a weekend in sometime in the future, I know both John and Chris are up for it, so the only thing I can say is to ‘watch this space’. So as we come to the end of yet another season here at Harworth, one dance and two concerts to go, I would like to take the opportunity to say a very sincere thank you to you all, for coming along religiously each month and supporting our efforts. I hope that you will enjoy your summer break and be back in good numbers come September, for what will be a very momentous occasion in the history of the H.C.O.E. the Fortieth Anniversary of the Christie first been heard in Harworth. During the summer break we shall be thinking up and finalising ways to celebrate this event. When you peruse the new Diary Cards you will notice that the first concert has been put back one week, this is coincide within ONE day of the actual opening of the Christie. You will also notice that in order for us to celebrate the event properly, we have put the AGM back to October this year, this is a one off and will revert to September next year. So there we have it, just an update as to what is happening and what is planned here, and all we ask is that you come and visit us for the last events of this season, and then after enjoying the summer break, come back in great numbers in September, for us on the committee and hopefully for many of you, this is going to be ‘ONE MOMENTOUS OCCASION’. See you at the Matthew Bason weekend and the Peter Jebson concert. Happy listening Mick Mason. *********************************************************
Membership Renewals. We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for renewing their Memberships so promptly this year, we are pleased to say that although losing some for various reasons, which always happens, membership numbers are up on last years total. This is very heartening to us a committee, as it tell us we are doing something right, so many, many thanks to you all for your support. Also it is nice to know that despite us having to increase our admission prices for this last season, we have not seen a reduction in people coming through the door, so this tells us that we are still giving good value for money and not being greedy in any way. So again, thank you
The Cameron Lloyd Dance 27th April The dance this evening saw a debut appearance for Cameron at Harworth, and I must admit after all my years involved with the H.O.E. he was someone I knew nothing about, but what a revelation he turned out to be, When I walked into the hall that evening and met him for the first time, straight away he came over as a very genial person, as did his parents, and I just got the feeling that I’d known him for ages. When he started the dance it was obvious straight away that we were on a winner that evening. His tempo’s and his choice of dance tunes were first class, and it was commented to me at the Wednesday T. dance following that he had ‘created an electric atmosphere’ that night. Later on during the evening as we were talking, a return visit was discussed, and I am pleased to say that Cameron will be back with us for the ‘Armistice Dance’ on the 9th November, and the May 17th Dance in 2014. He obviously enjoyed the evening just as much as we did, and we look forward to his return.
4 To Cameron himself can I say a ‘Very Sincere Thank you’ for everything that night., it was great. It’s just a pity that the organ played up for the last half hour, that turned out to be a broken contact in the relay’s, and it was fixed in time for the concert next day.
The Howard Beaumont Concert 28th April Completely opposite to Cameron Lloyd the evening before, it wasn’t Howard’s first visit to Harworth, but it is while since he was here, and again, it was a visit well worth waiting for. Not knowing whether Howard would want it or not, the Orla GT5000 had been got out, and it proved to be a good idea, as during his concert he extracted some beautiful tones out of it. He started his concert with his signature tune ‘The Best of Times’, before continuing with a lengthy selection which included ‘I am what I am, Just the way you look tonight, Blue Skies, Putting on the Ritz, In the still of the night. Begin the Beguine, Love walked in, I’ve got Rhythm, Nice work if you can get it, Overture form the Arcadians, The Rose, Caribbean Clipper, Singing in the rain, Make em laugh, Good morning to you, Broadway Melody, and You are my lucky Star’. That selection was to fill the first hour and bring us to the INTERVAL. For the start to the second half, Howard gave us the March ‘Son’s of the Brave’. Next were a couple of tunes from the musical ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘Put on your Sunday clothes and Hello Dolly’. Next was ‘Ah, Sweet mystery of life’. Moving over to the Orla now for ‘Zambezi, Cavaquinho, and Singing the Blues’. Back on the Christie we had, ‘Sitting in the back seat with Fred, When I’m 64, and Friends for Life’. An opera selection was next with :- ‘La Donna Mobile’, On with the Motley, Anvil Chorus, and Dessum Dorma’.
5 We were fast running out of time now, but not before we were treated to ‘ All that Jazz, Handful of keys, Come’ Prima, O Sole Mio, Come back to Sorrento, and Funiculi, Funicula’. As Alan and Sally put at the end of their report, ‘What a Great Show’, and without a doubt it was just that. Two hours packed full of good, enjoyable music, played by a very talented gentleman. It is hoped that it is not too long before Howard is back here again to entertain us with more great music. It was nice to see that his wife of two years accompanied him that day, and it was very noticeable to me just how happy they both looked. So belated congratulations to you both. Reported by Alan Clayton and Sally Taylor Compiled by Mick Mason.
As this is the last newsletter of the current season, I would just like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to the success of 2012/2013, whether it be in the kitchen preparing your interval cuppa’s, on the side tables selling raffle tickets and tea tickets, on the door collecting admissions, in the lighting room, or collecting and recording your memberships, the H.C.O.E could not manage without you. A big thank you also goes out to our organ builder Chris Hinds. Since Chris took over from Ted Aistrup after his death, we as a committee have been able to form a very good and friendly working relationship with him, so again, many thanks to Chris and his team for keeping the organ up to scratch. A big thank you must also go to you, the members, not only for supporting us over the season, but also to the many who have contributed donations of either money or raffle prizes, not only this season, but for many years now, again, your input is very much appreciated, so Thank You.
6 As you will appreciate, I am a little of short of material for this mag. due to the cancelled weekend, so I thought you might like the following. Lets go back to the Fifties Lang ago and far away, in a land that time forgot Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him since We danced to ‘Little Darling’, and sang to ‘Stagger Lee’ And cried for Buddy Holly, in the land that made me, me. Only girls wore earrings then, and three was one too many And only boys wore flat top cuts, except for Jean McKinney. And only in our wildest dreams. Did we expect to see A boy named George with lipstick, in the land that made me, me. We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice And when they made a movie, they never made it twice We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three Or Rocky, Rambo Twenty, in the land that made me, me. Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp And Reagen was a Democrat, whose co-star was a chimp We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the land that made me, me. We had our share of Heroes, we never thought they’d go At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant fancy free And dorms were never co-ed, in the land that made me, me. We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag And microchips were what were left, in the bottom of the bag And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea And rocket ships were fiction, in the land that made me, me.
7 For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be And Elvis was forever, in the land that made me, me. We; d never seen the rock band that was ‘Grateful to be dead’ And airplanes weren’t named Jefferson, and Zeppelins were not Led And Beatles lived in gardens, and Monkees lived in trees Madonna was Mary, in the land that made me, me. We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars And babies might be bottle fed, but they were not grown in jars T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks. And coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee And Castro came to power nears the land that made me, me. We had no ‘Crest’ with toothpaste, we had no Hill Street Blues We had no patterned pantyhose, or Lipton Herbal tea Or primetime ads. for those dysfunctions, in the land that made me, me. There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill And middle aged was 35, and old was 43 And ancient were our parents, in the land that made me,me. But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say And now instead of Maybelline, we swear by Retin-A They send us invitations to join AARP We’ve come a long way baby, from the land that made me, me. So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be Long ago and far away in the land that made me, me. Is this true or what Don’t try to kid, I know you remember these times. Mick The good old days.
DIARY DATES Saturday, 25th May. 8pm to 11-30pm MATTHEW BASON Plays for Dancing Tickets £4-50 Sunday, 26th May at 2-30pm MATTHEW BASON In Concert Members/ Sen. Cit. £4 Non Members £5 Sunday, 23rd June at 2-30pm PETER JEBSON In Concert. Members /Sen. Cit. £4 Non Members £5 *********************************************************
New Fortieth Anniversary Season Saturday, 28th September JOHN BARNETT Plays for Dancing
Sunday, 29th September at 2-30pm DAVID REDFERN and JOHN BARNETT In Concert.