As the Covid-19 virus appears to be dissipating, let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can look forward to some semblance of normality in our lives. This means, of course The Jazz Club and , more importantly, THE NAFFLE!
Someone sent me a video of the Temperance Seven from 1988 and it brought back memories of former band mates who are no longer with us.Just Google The Temperance Seven Red Nose Day 1988. Dean Robert Mickleborough, the trombonist, had great success with his own bands in the Sixties before his involvement with The Temps. I’ll forever remember Bobby strolling into the Band’s apartment on a wet Oslo Night. The talk was about eccentrics and as Bobby swept through he muttered “Eccentricity – not my scene” He was wearing a tight plastic bag over his head, as tall as a chef’s hat and carrying a big lump of lead under his arm. I found out later that Bob, being a very shrewd fellow, used to paint seascapes on the lead and display them in his antique shops in Bath. ‘The Americans can’t get enough of them’ he said.
I am pleased to announce that the alto player in the clip is Count Geoffrey Simpkins who, after sixteen years, has taken over the chair in the band vacated by the previous tenant. Next to him on Baritone is Malcolm Willoughby Everson, known affectionally as Mogs. These two were great together bouncing their wit off each other and generally keeping the standard of music very high.
I remember sitting in an hotel bar in North Walsey after the gig heavily in our cups. Geoff asking Mogs what he was doing that weekend. Mogs replied that he had to fit a cat flap. Quick as a flash Geoff said “Everson Fitacatflap” Much mirth as you can imagine ensued.
Well, we should have had Rico at the club on Tuesday but I’m pleased to inform you that you can still see him this week courtesy of Facebook at 7pm Friday and Saturday. Rico will be accompanied by the great Keith Nichols on piano.
Dates for the diary — I wish
Under s. 8(1) of our rules the Grayshott Social Club Annual General Meeting must be held by the 30th April each year but, due to the announcement that the current ‘lockdown’ has been extended until at least the 7th May 2020, the AGM has been postponed until further notice. A new date will be fixed once the current restrictions are lifted and it is safe to proceed.
The normal rules with regard to publishing of the accounts, elections to Committee and lodging of agenda items will be followed in advance of the revised date. The sitting Committee will continue in post until the AGM.
Regards and stay safe, I’ll see you at the reopening party,
Club Secretary and Treasurer
16th April 2020
I hope you enjoyed yourselves at the “club” last night!
To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from touching table surfaces, cues and balls the Snooker Room will be closed until further notice. During this time the opportunity will be taken to redecorate the room.
18 March 2020
I have received a message from Mike Deighan that the Jazz Club night on 31st March featuring Binkies Dixie Demons has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This means the next scheduled Jazz Club evening is Tuesday 28th April, I will let you know nearer the time as to whether this gig will be going ahead or not.
18th March 2020
My normal Monday e-mail would let you know what live sport we will be showing in the coming week, unfortunately most has been cancelled or postponed so we will be showing whatever we can find (at the moment Rugby League and non-league football games are still being broadcast). That means this week’s news is:
- The Club will be selling Becks for £3 a pint until further notice to help ease you through the worries of Corona, this is equivalent to £2.70 per pint for paid-up members.
- Tom Jones’ funeral is this Friday (see details from his family on a previous post), the Club has a collection bucket on the bar to help support Abbey and the family through these tragic times.
- Have you renewed your membership? If you haven’t, your ability to earn 10% bonus points and use them to make purchases at the bar will very shortly end. To renew simply pay the fee at the bar with your card.
The Club will do it’s utmost to stay open as usual during the current disruption but, as you will understand, the situation is largely out of our hands. If you are concerned that you have been exposed or are at risk of having the virus please follow the latest Government advice.
16th March 2020
As you have probably noticed, most large sporting events have now been postponed until further notice, including the Wales v Scotland and Harlequins v Sale rugby games scheduled for this weekend. There are some events still going ahead and we will be showing those if televised.
The Club intends to stay open as usual but as you appreciate this may change at short notice, if you are concerned that you have been exposed or are at risk of having the virus please follow the latest Government advice.
Jazz Club concerts rang the changes slightly on Tuesday night presenting The Stringbusters, a Western swing outfit organised by our own Dave Doel. The music itself was a fusion of Boogie-Woogie, Cowboy, Hillbilly, Folk, Jazz and Blues that had it’s origins in the Western and Southern States of America in the 1920’s. All of this mixture was well in abundance with Dave playing some glorious and versatile guitar accompaniment to his and Lynette Morgan’s vocals. Her voice suited this genre without parallel.
Dave’s solos were a mixture of traditional Country figures as well as his own remarkable and original improvisations. With Chris Haigh’s fiddle, Gary Boller’s double bass and 11 year old Farron Doel on drums the evening took off like a train with ‘Long John Blues’. Chris Haigh is one of the finest fiddle plays I’ve heard and his feature on ‘Turkey in the Straw’ was outstanding.
I have to mention the rhythm section here. The four beat laid down was one of the tightest I’ve heard in this club. Farron steadfastly underpinned the beat alongside Gary’s bass and the icing on the cake for me, was Lynette’s choppy four-to-the-bar on her old Gibson L48 Guitar.
Guest Dave Madgewick was called up to sing a few and charmed everyone with his charismatic version of ‘San Antonia Rose’ which suited his tenor voice and Chris Haigh’s magical fiddle. When I was called up to do a couple of numbers on my trusty (rusty) five string banjo it occurred to me that there was 66 years between the oldest and youngest on stage. I was 12 for my first gig – let’s hope Farron has as much fun as I have had!
Jazz Club this month (31st March) welcomes back Graham on drums, Tim on clarinet and Andy Woon on trumpet – another great night of traditional jazz in prospect.
Dates for the diary
Tuesday 31st March – Binky with Graham, Tim and Andy Woon 8 – 10.30
Tuesday 28th April – Binky with Graham, Tim and Andy Woon 8 – 10.30
Tuesday 5th May – FB Pocket Orchestra – New Album 8 – 11 – £10
Tuesday 26 May – Binky with special guest Enrico Tomasso
Tuesday 30th June – Binky with special guest ex Kenny Ball’s clarinetist Ron Drake
Monday 9th March
Leicester v Aston Villa 20:00
Tuesday 10th March
Champions League – Last 16
Liepzig v Spurs 20:00
Wednesday 11th March
Man City v Arsenal Postponed
Champions League – Last 16
Liverpool v Atletico Madrid 20:00
Thursday 12th March
Europa League – Round of 16
LASK v Man Utd 17:55
Olympiakos v Wolves 20:00
Saturday 14th March
Watford v Leicester City 12:30
Aston Villa v Chelsea 17:30
Six Nations Rugby
Wales v Scotland 14:15
France v Ireland Postponed
Sunday 15th March
West Ham v Wolves 14:00
Spurs v Man Utd 16:30
Premiership Rugby Cup Final
Harlequins v Sale 15:00
The Club have received the following message from Tom Jones’ family regarding our late member’s funeral:
“With deep sadness we announce the funeral of Tom Jones (Tommy) on the 20th of March. Procession leaving 9 Fairlands, Grayshott Road, Headley Down, GU35 8LA￼￼￼￼￼ at 1 pm, going to Greenacres Burial Ground next to the yards, followed by Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Road, Godalming, GU7 3DB at￼￼￼￼ 3.45 pm. We are sure he would like you to join us for a drink, at Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, Grayshott, GU26 6HL afterwards. Can everyone wear something red please. Family Flowers only”.