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Monthly Meetings

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.


Future programme
DateSpecial EventsSpeakerSubject

Tue 26th JunJulie Ede Edward and Mrs Simpson
Tue 24th JulAGMMark Walsh The Variety Theatre
Tue 28th AugCream TeanoneCream Tea served by the Committee
Tue 25th SepAnn FeatherstoneThe baby-killer and the thief - Victorian crimes
Tue 23rd OctAlan Gray'You cannot be serious' - an ex-Wimbledon umpire
Tue 27th NovRoger HailwoodThe National Memorial Arboretum
Tue 11th DecChristmas EventTBAMusical entertainment
Tue 22nd JanJohn WinterIntercare - Medical Aid to Africa
Tue 26th FebWilliam J FrenchA Butler to Royalty
Tue 26th MarRalph Jerram The history of Desert Island Discs
Tue 23rd AprPaul Newsham

Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups

MonthTea GroupMeet & GreetReporting Groups
Tue 26th JunAnne Donegan, Maureen Broad, Lesley ThomasDorothy ChapmanMusic Appreciation & Quiz
Tue 24th JulPat and Terry Bithell, Julia Fraser and Henry SharplesCarol Land & Mary WilsonRecorder & Short Walks
Tue 28th AugThe CommitteeThe CommitteeNo groups reporting
Tue 25th SepSupper and Trips & Outings
Tue 23rd OctJean Preece, Brenda Dummer, Cynthia Wells and Sandra FoxWalking and Arts & Crafts
Tue 27th NovJenny & Pete Slawson, Bridget & Jim FairwayBird Watching & Bridge
Tue 11th DecThe CommitteeNo groups reporting


22nd May
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