Two boats sailed from Stockton Heath Marina to The Old No 3 on a bright morning with 24 people on board. The pub was easily achieved by 12.00 noon when the tap was invaded and conquered, food and drinks were ordered and instruments taken up by Mark & Jan, Robin, Isobel, Karen, Rob, Don & Heather and John Condy for a boisterous singalong session.
Afterwards, a rather wet return journey failed to dampen spirits as the songs swelled from within the cabin leaving everyone reluctant to leave for The London Bridge pub for well earned sustenance.
EARLY MORNING VISTA ----------- SKIPPER ROB WITH SINGERS MARK, ISOBEL & DON
This was a very successful occasion when 18 all-weather walkers took to the trail to the Frodsham War Memorial Monument and on the way raised £65 for the Hospice Of The Good Shepherd in return for the hospitality of Tina & Tom half way along. Afterwards in the Bear's Paw there was fine food and even finer music and song from Ed, Eddie, Jean, John, Mark, Jan, Don and Heather.
ALL WEATHER WALKERS
This year a lucky 11 people from SALE FOLK CLUB decided to rent a converted Catholic Church in Betws-y-Coed for 4 nights from Thursday 30 December 2010 until Monday 3 January 2011. This was a ground breaking venture and everyone had a great time. Ed & Sue, Heather & Derrick, Don & Heather, Rob, Terry, Kate, Joan and Jackie were joined by Robin & Elizabeth from their B&B just round the corner.
First Social of 2010 was a HOT POT SUPPER & CEILIDH - 7.00pm Sunday 18 April.
This was held in The Den Scout Hut, Park Road, Timperley WA15 6UA with The Nelson Peach Ceilidh Band. The Caller was Jill who led the dancing very skilfully while gently coercing everyone into joining in and having a great time. Numbers were limited to 50 so we were not to crowded and people provided their own drinks and the Hot Pot, which was prepared by Ed, Sue and our old friend Terry who is now running the Conwy Folk Club, was absolutely delicious with many returning for seconds and the occasional third. More old friends, Lesley, Rick Richard and JJ, aka Nelson Peach, were in good form which further ensured the evening's high quality. Strip the Willow and The Circassian Circle were just two of the tradiional dances all well performed by the enthusiastic crowd. The first Social was a resounding success and we can now all look forward to our next walk out and singaround.
This was an excellent occasion with a gourmet Christmas Lunch provided by Anne & Graham the stewards of The United Services Club who are both first class caterers. Only four folk club members, Rob, Carl, Heather and Don, attended amongst the other USC members but they can testify to its quality, value and continuing place on our social calendar. The only downside was that Rob lost his marbles.
Last Sunday 11 October we hired TWO canal boats from Thorn Marina, Stockton Heath with 12 people in each. Starting at 9.30am with instruments and our own provisions for the day, we took advantage of the on-board cooking facilities to provide bacon butties, tea and coffee as we left the quayside and chugged all the way along to the Barn Owl. The weather was a bit mixed but not a problem as we stopped for a drink inside the pub and then to eat our lunch and have a sing around outside in the sun by the canal side. Sailing back you could hear songs from the bowels of the boats as the captains took turns at the helm, sometimes with interesting consequences but the horses were not too frightened. Finally, we had a stop for another sing in the sun just before returning the boats. Some were even reluctant to call it a day. Everyone agreed that we should do it again next year and this event will become a regular feature with THREE boats and it will be announced to all well in advance. Anyone with photos can e-mail some to us or put them on the net.
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The Birthday Ceilidh for Rob was a great success even though it was a year late, his 60th when he was 61. Always unpredictble is our Rob. Everyone had a wonderful night, eating, drinking, dancing and socialising. Kate had three girlfriends staying from Italy and she brought them along. They were real good sports and joined in with all the dancing, despite being unable to understand much English, particularly the caller Arthur Marshall. It was quite hysterical. They said afterwards that they had never experienced anything like it in their lives. Nelson Peach made an excellent job of the music, and Rob proved to be the perfect host, so all in all it was a really entertaining evening.
The SECOND walk, meal and sing was on Sunday 19 July when we met at The Axe and Cleaver in Dunham Town, 1.00pm for 1.30pm.
We had a slightly wet start but it cleared for the second half and Shirley gave us lots of interest in Dunham Massey before we ambled back along the canal to have a very nice meal back in the pub. Without a separate room inside we commandeered the beer garden and sat around singing until 8.00pm when we reluctantly wended our ways home.
The first Sunday walk, meal and sing starting from the Barn Owl was an unqualified success with even the good old British weather deciding to shine on us. More than 30 walkers undertook the complete walk from the Barn Owl into Lymm along one side of the canal and then up and around the Lower and Upper Dams returning to the pub along the canal tow path. Joined by a further half dozen we then enjoyed some excellent catering accompanied by a FREE raffle with prizes for everyone including perfume, aftershave, bottles of wine, beer, shower gels, moisturisers, walking socks and chocolates. This was followed with some great singing which took the place by storm. Don & Heather led off with good old favourites like Wild Rover, Streets of London and Manchester Rambler, Robin lent his Celtic tones to Rose of Allendale and Star of the County Down and John kept the mood with Galway Girl and Quinn the Eskimo. Some humour came from Ed's Flog 'em, Flay 'em and Hang 'em and Derrick's sequel to the Titanic from the polar bear's point of view, Have You Got Any News Of The Iceberg, my family were on it you see!!! Bernice sang Peggy Gordon, Rob delighted Shirley Morton with a rendition of All's Well written by her husband Trevor and Lorraine Laid Her Blanket On The Gound. Mark & Jan did Sloop John B and Helen & Jed banded up as did Ruth, Cath & Stan. Everyone left on a high demanding to know the date of the next meeting. We are working on it. Practical suggestions are most welcome.
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Ed & Sue, Robin & Elizabeth and Don & Heather are going up to the Denholm Folk Festival organised by Kenny Speirs and Denholm Folk Club. You can see the programme on their website
and all the sessions are free with some workshops for £5.00 and two big concerts at £15.00 each with Eleanor McEvoy, Tich Frier and Chris While & Julie Matthews (see below) particularly well-known to us. Tickets can be obtained in advance through us so if you are interested let us know.
We have booked reasonably priced accommodation in Denholm and there is other availability.