We meet at 2 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby.
There is normally a guest speaker or, in December, musical entertainment.
This is followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to meet and talk with other members.
|Tue 26th Jun||Julie Ede||Edward and Mrs Simpson|
|Tue 24th Jul||AGM||Mark Walsh||The Variety Theatre|
|Tue 28th Aug||Cream Tea||none||Cream Tea served by the Committee|
|Tue 25th Sep||Ann Featherstone||The baby-killer and the thief - Victorian crimes|
|Tue 23rd Oct||Alan Gray||'You cannot be serious' - an ex-Wimbledon umpire|
|Tue 27th Nov||Roger Hailwood||The National Memorial Arboretum|
|Tue 11th Dec||Christmas Event||TBA||Musical entertainment|
|Tue 22nd Jan||John Winter||Intercare - Medical Aid to Africa|
|Tue 26th Feb||William J French||A Butler to Royalty|
|Tue 26th Mar||Ralph Jerram||The history of Desert Island Discs|
|Tue 23rd Apr||Paul Newsham|
Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups
|Month||Tea Group||Meet & Greet||Reporting Groups|
|Tue 26th Jun||Anne Donegan, Maureen Broad, Lesley Thomas||Dorothy Chapman||Music Appreciation & Quiz|
|Tue 24th Jul||Pat and Terry Bithell, Julia Fraser and Henry Sharples||Carol Land & Mary Wilson||Recorder & Short Walks|
|Tue 28th Aug||The Committee||The Committee||No groups reporting|
|Tue 25th Sep||Supper and Trips & Outings|
|Tue 23rd Oct||Jean Preece, Brenda Dummer, Cynthia Wells and Sandra Fox||Walking and Arts & Crafts|
|Tue 27th Nov||Jenny & Pete Slawson, Bridget & Jim Fairway||Bird Watching & Bridge|
|Tue 11th Dec||The Committee||No groups reporting|
Subject: Folk music and the stories behind them
Performers: Fool's Gold
Steve and Carol Robson are Fool's Gold, an acoustic folk duo who don't just sing and play folk music but tell the stories behind the songs, often in a humorous way and accompanied by an audio visual display.
Steve opened their set with an account of his grandfather's life working as a coal miner in the North East of England. Steve's grandfather was a 'coal hewer' which involved hacking away at the coal face with only a pick whilst lying on his side in a tunnel only a few feet high. Steve and Carol then sang a song about the miners' lives which they followed with a song about the fishing heritage of the North East from days gone by.
We learned about the history of Romeo and Juliet through a song written by Steve who explained that friends of Shakespeare were being prevented from marrying by Queen Elizabeth. The Bard apparently took an old story and rewrote it for them to show others of their plight. They did eventually marry in secret and were locked in the Tower together but after they had a child, were released. The daughter went on to marry the Baron Spencer and their descendant was Diana, Princess of Wales! So our future King William is descended from the real Romeo & Juliet. Probably.
On a more humble note, we also learnt of the fate of poor Molly Malone.
We were regaled for over an hour with more stories and superb singing by both Steve and Carol with Steve on guitar and Carol on flute, recorder or bass guitar. The set ended with a rendition of Lead Belly's song 'Goodnight Irene' the chorus of which was sung by all of us in the audience.
A truly interesting and very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
Fool's Gold - Steve & Carol Robson. May 2018