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Mardi Gras Jazzband, Friday, 18th August 2017

Leigh Henson (trumpet) and Rob Pearce (tombone) with Mardi Gras JazzBand play    at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on         19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Well, here we go again, another Friday (being 18th August 2017) and as usual, it is bound to be full of fun and great music, because we have the great ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ back again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader & trombonist ROB PEARCE, has booked the following super musicians to join him, vocalist LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on (usually lots of) reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums.  Our lovely girls – Cath and Barb – will be behind the bar, serving you with a smile.  So come and join us – music will start at 8:00pm, ending at 11:00pm as usual.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

NO JAZZ AT FARNBOROUGH JC ON Friday, 6th January 2017

Sorry to remind you, but our Farnborough Jazz Club will NOT BE OPEN this week – Friday, 6th January 2017 Keith and I will be taking an extra week’s break than usual, for the first time in over 30 years, to put our feet up (I should be so lucky – ha!).  I have told you before, however, I found one person, who had forgotten, so please pass on the message.  Thanks.

Our Christmas party went well and although not as packed as all our previous years, was still well attended by so many of our friends, as well as a few new people and so again was a great evening. Please, if you have any photos or films of the evening, could you kindly let us have copies?  We were entertained by Phoenix Dixieland, who were terrific.  As you know, I have so many newsletters to catch up with saying how the various evenings went, so will fill you in with this Christmas one in due course.

Keith’s painting of my Christmas card for 2016 . Nice he has me quite slim aye! Oh yes, my knobbly knees are hidden this time – ha. Diane

 

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a Peaceful and Happy, Healthy & Wealthy New Year for 2017. 

So many of us have been down with this dreaded flu-like cold, so I’m sure you will be welcoming this day off to recuperate and if you haven’t had it (lucky b*x!z!*r), you will be pleased not to be mingling with all of us who have.  

Love to everyone,

Diane and Keith

Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent

PLEASE VOTE FOR Gravesend Sailing Club   ‘Alicia Project’

alicia-project

Reg. Charity No. 1085456

Gravesend Sailing Club ‘Alicia Project’

Sailability has applied for a £25,000 grant.  Their main need is for installing wheelchair access.  They have been short-listed and now need lots of votes (not your money).  Please help by voting as follows:- (Voting closes 30th November 2016)

  1. Go to OneFamily Foundation on your browser.

  2. Register to vote.

  3. Under ‘Community Projects’ find ‘Region’

  4. Click ‘SE Region’ and find ‘Gravesend Sailing Club ‘Alicia Project’ Click ‘More’ and follow voting procedure.

  5. Please get everyone you know to vote as well!

Thanks

Chris Cook

They need your votes for the following reason:-

To help improve disabled access to the club house.

Access to the clubhouse is very difficult for wheelchair users. At the moment, you have to go round the back, up a ramp, negotiate a couple of very tight turns, knock loudly and hope someone will open the door, then heave yourself over the step. This is a real barrier for existing users, for guests, and for expanding our base of Sailability members.

The plan is to install a wheelchair lift in the corner where Daisy lives, and a new pair of doors that can be opened by a disabled user with a key. This will make them independent of outside help. And crucially, give safe, legal access to the club.

But this costs money! Members have been extraordinarily generous over the pontoon and the crane, so they’re not asking for your money again! But they are asking for two minutes of your time.
They have a bid in for £25,000 from the One Family Foundation community awards. To win this money, they need your votes! For details of the project, and to vote, go to https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/gravesend-sailing-club-alicia-project/
Voting closes on 30th November, so get voting now!  And mention this to family and friends – the more votes, the greater their chances of getting the money for this important improvement to disabled access to the club house!  Thanks.

See above – three new pages

‘BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ ANNIVERSARY with Art & Jazz FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB 16th September 2016    plus

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Public House, Shepherd Neame - built in 1626 (photo copyrite 2013).

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Public House, Shepherd Neame – built in 1626 (photo copyrite 2013).

4-IN-A-BAR+1 to play at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON Sunday, 18th September 2016, 3-6pm; and

About Peter Abbott – England’s Para-Olympian goalkeeper’

Leslie Baguley (Up-date) 22 June 2016

LEEDS PLAY BILLS

I was delighted to come across the website of Leeds Play Bills, where I found copies of old posters advertised for sale.  Amongst them, was this posters of Jack Parnell’s presentation from Monday, 13th December 1954.  The show was presented by Stanley Dale and included Leslie, playing piano for Tony Brent at The Empire Theatre, Leeds.   

Title:             Tony Brent, Columbia’s Sensational Singing Star

ID:                 2003911_63860721

Theatre:       The Empire

Year:             1954

Description:  Monday, 13th December, 1954.

Tony Brent, Columbia's Sensational Singing Star

This Week at the Empire Theatre, Stanley Dale Presents a variety of performances including: Tony Brent, Columbia’s Sensational Singing Star, with Leslie Baguley at the Piano; Gladys Morgan, ‘…Britain’s famous comedienne with her laugh & company’; Billie Anthony, ‘…the new singing star, glamorous recorder of the big sale record ‘This ‘Ole House’; Eddie Arnold, ‘…impersonating the stars’; Duo Russmar, ‘…beauty in the balance’; Syd & Paul Kaye, ‘…young laughter raisers’; Kay & Katrina, ‘…steps in rhythym’ and finally, Brian Andro, ‘…on the wire’. There will be two performances every evening, at 6.00pm and at 8.15pm. Actors include: Tony Brent, Gladys Morgan, Billie Anthony, Eddie Arnold, Kay and Katrina, Brian Andro, Syd and Paul Kaye, Duo Russmar

 “© Leeds Library and Information Service”

It has given me much pleasure to obtain this poster for our website, for all Leslie’s relatives and friends to see.  I am sure you will also love their website and to discover all the various posters they have thought to retain and have copies on sale.   Well done Leeds Library and Leondis.

Their site is making available all the playbills in the Local Studies Library collection from a wide range of Leeds Theatres, such as The City Varieties, The Grand, The Princess and the Theatre Royal.  The site also contains some circus bills, such as those from Pablo Franque’s Circus.   They also have an image by Louis Le Prince. It is claimed Le Prince filmed the first ever moving images on Leeds Bridge in 1888.

The Leeds Playbills site is part of the Leodis digitisation project funded by the New Opportunities Fund.  Leodis is a photographic archive of Leeds. It is a project delivered by Leeds Library & Information Service. All images are © Leeds Library & Information Service unless otherwise specified.

All very fascinating and well worth a look.  Go to www.leodis.net/playbills

 Larger picture taken at The Bull Hotel, Wrotham, Kent, England 1986(LtoR) Girl unknow, Diane (just behind Leslie), Keith Grant, Elaine Dunnell (landlady of Bull Hotel, Wrotham, Kent) and Ann-Marie (her young daughter, sporting a fun hat). circa 1985, (Leslie played every Sunday lunchtime – sometime with Keith on drums).

Hi Ian and all at Farnborough Football Club, 4th June 2016

 

Kent Premiership's Football Trophy for Farnborough (Dave Rance's Rockin' Chair Jazz Band 10jun2016 2387)

   Kent Premiership’s Football Trophy for Farnborough  (Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Jazz Band 10jun2016 2387)

Everyone here at our Jazz Club send heartiest congratulations to The Farnborough Guild, for being promoted into the Kent Premiership League, such a feat – well done! (see the trophy on the wall – being given a trumpet fanfare).

We will certainly do our bit at helping to raise funds towards the £7,000 required to meet the cost of the demands, allowing you the promotion the team has earned.

Kind regards,

Diane and Keith

HEVER CASTLE – JAZZ TONIGHT FOR CHARITY

Click on the following to bring up advertisement for ‘JAZZ AT HEVER CASTLE’

tonight 4th June 2016

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‘International Needs’ is a great organisation devoted to reducing the effects of disease and poverty on families around the world.

This is a very high class jazz band in a wonderful setting and would be a good opportunity to bring your friends.
The under-cover seats might be the best option although sitting on the grass either on rugs or your own chairs is also possible.

Tickets are available on line as well as on the door.

Rows A to D on the centre section are both seated and covered, as are the other 2 seated sections.  Rows E & F in the centre section are not under cover.
There is a further area for people to bring rugs and their own chairs on to the grass.
I believe the price of the seated tickets has been reduced but I am not absolutely sure.  It’s worth checking.

 

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, aged 90years today, 21st April 2016

To Your Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, may we please join the many millions of huge wishes sent World Wide to congratulate You, Ma’am on reaching your 90th birthday?  We could not let today go by, without adding the wishes from all at Farnborough Jazz Club.  How sorry I feel that Your Majesty is unable to lie about Your Majesty’s age.   One cannot even get away with ‘stand-ins’, Your Majesty being instantly recognisable, even from a distance.  I have remained thirty-several and a bit more, for at least ten years (even though most laugh at that – those that dare).  However, the years have been visibly very kind to You, Ma’am.  May they be so, as well as physically, for many more years to come?

Diane & Keith

Farnborough Jazz Club

Important Announcement

We have another very sad announcement to make and am finding it so very hard to find the right words to tell you.  Sadly we have lost another great and much loved musician.  Johnny Rodgers passed away on 3rd January 2016.  As many of you know, it was after a very long battle with a nasty illness.  Johnny was a wonderful clarinet and saxophone player.

I’m sure you will join us and send much love to his lovely wife, Cathy (keep strong Cathy).

Diane, Keith and all at Farnborough Jazz Club.