AGM Minutes and Finalised Accounts

Dear member

The Minutes of the Club AGM held on 26th April have now been published and are available for viewing on the Club Notice Board. As explained at the AGM, our finalised Accounts were not available for the Meeting but a draft set were presented, a finalised set has now been received from our Accountant and has also been posted on the Club Notice Board, none of the figures in the finalised Accounts differ from those presented to the AGM.

The AGM agreed that the completed Accounts would be posted on the Club notice board as soon as received, Members notified by e-mail and 10 days allowed for queries to be raised with the Secretary. Once any queries had been answered the Managing Committee would approve the 2017 accounts on behalf of the members rather than convening another meeting to approve them. Please send any queries regarding the Accounts to the Club e-mail account –

Andy Smith
Club Secretary and Treasurer
8th May 2018

Jazz Club Newsletter – April 2018

Time…… 1961 is it really that long ago since the Temperance Seven sat atop of the British Record Charts with a George Martin produced single of “You, You’re driving me crazy”?
Time…. did I imagine it or did Colonel Hitchcock-Galloway really get his braces caught in the escalator at the Café Royal? – some catapult!
Time … Christopher Buckley and his rampant troupe of alchominstrels continue to tour The Seven Seas, flying the flag and promoting all things British.
Time …. 8pm Sunday 20th May 2018 ….. Grayshott Social Club ….. tickets available from the club 01428 604041 ….
Time…. Next Tuesday 24th April …. is our monthly Jazz Club and features as usual Binky’s Dixie Demons ( Not Biggest Disagreements) starring the Balham nightingale himself – Bill Gyford. It promises to be a good evening now the weather has turned and we shrug off the shackles of winter.

A mention also that Bill and the gang will be in attendance at this year’s Firkin Fest beer festival on October 19th. The band will be featured in an ‘unplugged set’.  Whether this means they will be leaving their hearing aids at home has yet to be determined.

Enjoy the jazz

Dates for the Diary
Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven
Tuesday July 24th Tony Jacobs Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra
Friday 19th October Firkin Fest, Grayshott Village Hall with Binkie’s Dixie Demons
Tuesday November 13th FB Pocket Orchestra

Notice of the Grayshott Social Club 2018 AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Grayshott Social Club 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 26th April at 8.00pm. The AGM is open to Life Members and fully paid up Members of the Club only. 2017 Members who have not yet renewed are no longer members within Club Rule 3 and are not permitted to attend. The Agenda for the Meeting is below, any further Agenda items to be discussed at the AGM must be submitted in writing to the Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the AGM as required by Club Rule 8(1). Subjects not directly related to an Agenda item will not be discussed at the Meeting.

1. Apologies for absence.
2. Minutes of the last AGM – 20th April 2017.
3. Chairman’s Report.
4. Secretary & Treasurer’s Report.
5. 2017 Accounts.
6. Appointment of Auditor to complete Accountant’s Report.
7. Subscriptions for 2019.
8. Club refurbishment – Brian Flounders.
9. Other notified Agenda items (see note above).

Following the meeting there will be:
1. Election of Officers – see member’s notice board for nominations form.
2. Questions from the floor regarding agenda items only.

Andy Smith
Club Secretary
10th April 2018

Celebrating the Life of Francis Verity

There are various opportunities planned to celebrate Francis’ life and to say goodbye on Wednesday 11th April 2018:

13:45 Formal Cremation
The Oaks Crematorium, Bartons Road, Havant OP9 5NA

16:30 Memorial Service
St Lukes Church, Headley Road, Grayshott GU26 6LF

17:30 Tea and cake for those who have to travel
Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, Grayshott GU26 6HL

18:30 Celebration Party
Grayshott Social Club

Francis would have liked us all to wear colourful clothes.
Instead of flowers, please could you make donations to the charity Leukaemia and Myeloma Research UK.

Penny Verity

Francis Verity

Sadly I have to inform you that I have been notified of the death on the 31st March  of one of our Life Members, Francis Verity. Francis lived for many years in Hill Road and was a popular and long-time member of the Club, in particular he was an enthusiastic rugby supporter and his sparring with the late Richard Proctor with regards to the finer points of Welsh and All Blacks rugby were always entertaining. Although moving away some years ago Francis kept in touch and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Andy Smith
Club Secretary

Membership Renewals – Last Reminder

Our membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December, Club Rule (3) states that any member who has not paid the subscription by 1st February shall be ‘considered in arrears’ and if not paid by 1st March that person shall cease to be a Club member and lose access to membership benefits.

Membership cards of non-renewed members will be deactivated on the 31st March, this means you will no longer earn loyalty points on purchases across the bar (currently worth 10%) and will lose access to accounts and tab facilities until the renewal fee is paid. In addition you will be liable to a ‘guest fee’ of £1 per visit.

Reactivating cards cannot be done immediately over the bar and you will have to wait until the next working day after the renewal fee has cleared. If you have special reasons for not being able to pay or need more time please let us know.

Memberships can be renewed at the bar or online – e-mail the Club for our bank details.


Grayshott Jazz Club Newsletter March 2018

Steve Rushton band – Cool Heat, Burning Beat

Jazz lovers were treated to an evening of bebop on 6th March with the Steve Rushton band – Cool Heat, Burning Beat. This was basically a tribute to that great American drummer of the 40s Gene Krupa and the stylish vocalist Anita O’Day.  Louise Cookman played and sang the miss O’day part perfectly between wry observations and banter between her and madcap drummer Rushton. They were ably supported by Sue Greenaway, flute and tenor sax and David Prizeman trumpet.

Steve Rushton, Louise Cookman, Sue Greenaway, David Prizeman

Joining Steve in the rhythm section was guitarist Al Cherry and bassist Paul Morgan whose solo rendition of ‘In a sentimental mood’ by Duke Ellington, for me at any rate, stole the whole show in an evening of staccato jazz arrangements by Mr Steve Rushton.

Al Cherry and bassist Paul Morgan

Steve will be back at the club in July with Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.

Next Tuesday the 27th features the Naffle supported by Bixie’s Dixie Demons. I will be giving the uke a run out as well as doing a few ballads with Richard and Bill. Look forward to seeing you all.


Dates for the diary –

Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven. Tickets on sale from Tuesday.

Tuesday July 24 Tony Jacobs and the tuxedo jazz orchestra

Tuesday Nov 13th the FB pocket Orchestra

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Tonight at the Club – Five Piece Jazz Band


PERCUSSION MAESTRO Steve Rushton and jazz and big band vocalist Louise Cookman present a new show celebrating the music of jazz legends Anita O’Day and Gene Krupa; a five piece band features in a dynamic show to coincide with the launch of their latest album, entitled “Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat”.

The project is an exploration and re-imagining of the music that Anita performed and recorded with the iconic drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa, along with insights into theturbulent lives of the explosive Krupa and the equally fiery and determined Miss O’Day.

Louise Cookman is an acclaimed singer with a unique quality of phrasing, warmth and vibrancy, combined with a love of communicating with a live audience and a sheer joy in performing.  Louise started her career as a dance band and big band vocalist, specialising in the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s; she was the vocalist with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for over five years, she was a regular guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and over the past few years has had the pleasure of touring the UK as guest vocalist with the great Ken Peplowski and the BBC Big Band, as well as with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.

She has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, appeared in Period TV Drama, performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls and made countless concert and cabaret appearances throughout the UK and Europe. She was recently also the featured vocalist on “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet” and “Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days”, both for BBC4 television.

Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Steve Rushton has become one of the UK’s busiest and most in demand drummers, with an impressive list of credits to his name. A flamboyant and stylish performer, he is perhaps best known currently for his work with Imelda May, touring the world as a member of her band, featuring on her last three number one albums, and on the Grammy nominated Jeff Beck album and DVD, Rock ‘n’ Roll Party (Honouring Les Paul).
“….singing sultry vocals that sit perfectly amid the rich settings of the band” – Alyn Shipton, The Times

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Jazz Newsletter February 2018

Dear Jazzers

Next Tuesday Nutty will be away so augmenting Bill’s Demons will be my good self on rhythm guitar hoping to replicate the percussive sound of Nutty’s quiet effective swing. Being hirsutely challenged, like Nutty, to complete the imitation I am willing to wear glasses! Do enjoy the evening and don’t forget to get your tickets, available at the club, for Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat on March 6th 2018 – definitely a night not to be missed.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday March 6th Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat
Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven
Tuesday July 24th Tony Jacobs Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

Keep Jazzing

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