Twyford & Charndon WI
At our March meeting the minutes included details of possible summer outings to Boycott Farm near Stowe in May one evening and to Sulgrave Manor in September.
Our speaker for the evening was Gerry Foster who works with and trains border collies.
We learnt about outrun, fetch and cross drive, shedding ring and finally the pen. Gerry brought along two of her very well behaved dogs which are a credit to her.
The talk was followed by refreshments, raffle and a competition for an animal photo which was judged by our speaker.
Next months meeting is at 7.30pm on April 13 at Twyford Village Hall.
The speaker at the meeting will be Mrs Hulbert who will talk about Natural History in a Bucks Garden through the seasons.
New members and visitors are always welcome.
Royal British Legion Buckingham
Our next branch meeting will take place at the Buckingham Athletic Football Clubhouse in Stratford Road, Buckingham at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March, 22.
At our February meeting, Ed Grimsdale gave a wonderful presentation on ‘Soldiers in Buckingham’.
Great Horwood Silver Band
Great Horwood Silver Band played to a large and very appreciative audience at their annual concert in the Buckingham Community Centre on Saturday, March 5.
The concert started with the junior band conducted by Emma Mainwaring playing The National Anthem followed by ‘Down Georgia Way’ by Ian McKenzie, ‘Close Harmony’ by Chris Hazell and ‘Brass Bop’ by Ian McKenzie.
Emma then presented the awards for the Junior Band. Winners were brother and sister Lauren and Daniel Cook who received the George Edmans and Frank Wilkes Trophies respectively.
After a short break to re-arrange the stage, the Great Horwood Band conducted by musical director Roy Lack, began its programme with the Vaughen Williams March ‘Seventeen Come Sunday’ from his ‘English Folk Song Suite’.
Then followed Steve Courtland’s arrangement of ‘The Swan’ from ‘Saints-Saens Carnival of the Animals’, and a cornet duet entitled ‘Mis Muchachas’ by Hans Bachstetter was played by Tony Hart and Emma Mainwaring.
The first part concluded with John Williams’ ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ arranged by Frank Bernaerts.
During the interval the senior awards were presented by band president Len Goodwin. The Padbury Sick Benefit Society cup went to Emma Mainwaring and the Sid Mould Trophy went to Tony Hart.
There then followed a surprise presentation, on behalf of the band by Roy Lack, of an engraved spirit glass and a bottle of something to fill it, to Richard Edmans.
Richard this year completes sixty years with the Great Horwood Band. Jean, Richards, his very supportive wife, was presented with a bouquet by Lauren Cook.
The second part of the programme began in the traditional manner with bandmaster Emma Mainwaring conducting William Rimmer’s ‘Cross of Honour’. Then Roy Lack took the baton with ‘Skimbleshanks’ from Cat’s, then followed the Trombone feature ‘The Bold Gendarmes’, played by Andrew Cook, Paul Lack, Lauren Cook and Colin Nichols.
Two pieces, ‘Dos Cervezas’ arranged by Johny Ocean and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ arranged by Frank Bernaerts then followed. The programme concluded with William Rimmer’s ever popular air and variations on the hymn tune ‘Eventide’.
The first prize in the raffle of a luxury hamper was won by Sylvia and David Nutt and there were many other prizes.
The Hardy Plant Society
The society’s next meeting on Saturday, March 19 will include a talk by Malcolm Brownsword, a RHS Banksian medal holder. His talk will be on Hardy Orchids – covering European and Asian species and hybrids.
The meeting will be held at the Winslow Centre, Park Road, Winslow and the talk starts at 2.15pm. Entry is £4 for visitors.
Further details from Paul Radcliffe on 01280 813352.
The February 23 meeting opened with a talk from Vera Moyle-Maton about the Folk Dancing Group. She said they were looking for members.
The chairman asked members to support the chosen charities, before saying he was seeking a member to shadow the Treasurer.
He also said that the Craft Group were making quilts for the wounded troops in Afghanistan and would welcome supplies of any scrap cotton materials that any of our members may have.
The vice- chairman asked members to pass their green milk bottle tops to her, which would be collected to fund wheel-chairs for children with mobility problems.
In Beryl Carr’s absence Pat Williams then made several announcements in respect of upcoming outings and theatre visits.
Captain William Wells then spoke about Admiral Lord Nelson. He was selling his book to interested members and 10 per cent of the price would go to our chosen charities.
Capt Wells explained that he had a long and successful maritime career of 49 years and 110 days. He showed a slide of a portrait of Nelson painted in 1805 before giving a detailed talk regarding his naval career.
Bicester Local History Society
Bicester Local History Society will be holding its next monthly meeting at St Edburg’s Church Hall, Old Place Yard, adjacent to the Bicester Library, on Monday, March 21 at 7.30pm.
The speaker at the meeting is authoress Christine Bloxham, whose talk continues a year of Bicester themed events and is entitled ‘The World of Flora Thompson’.
The talk examines how social and economic factors of the time influenced the life of Flora Thompson’s family and how actual residents living in the area formed the basis of characters used in the popular ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ novels.
Non Bicester Local History Society members are very welcome to attend the meeting at a cost of £2.
Further details can be obtained by contacting Pete Chivers on 01869 600109.
Jackie Kitchen gave a very interesting and captivating talk this week on Riding for the Disabled.
What a wonderful thing to be involved in – giving disabled people the chance to really enjoy their time with horses and ponies.
Due to most of our members lambing the next event is the Daventry District Countryside Day at Daventry Country Park on Sunday, May 15.
All welcome to see the rare breeds of sheep exhibited by Barry and Caroline Lewis, plus our merchandise stall will be in attendance as well as the usual attractions.
Again forward notification of The Annual Boxed Poultry and Fleece Sale which will take place at Elm Tree Farm, Evenly near Brackley on Sunday, June 19 from 10am-1pm
For more information please ring Carrie on 01327 857195.
We very much regret that our scheduled concert for Saturday, March 26 – ‘The Armed Man’ by Karl Jenkins, and a selection of Spirituals – has had to be postponed.
Some of the concert, if not all, will now take place at the time of our summer concert on June 26.
Those people who have already bought tickets will have the cost refunded.
To do this, please ask the choir member from whom you bought them, or contact our chairman Guy Hawking on 07742016046, or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please watch this space for details of the rescheduled concert nearer the time.
Our friendly, lively choral group meets for rehearsal on Monday evenings in Gawcott, normally puts on three concerts a year from which most of the proceeds go to charity, and can sing at other venues by request. We welcome new male voices: please contact Guy, as above.
The Film Place
The Film Place will be showing Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (12a), see picture, at 8pm on Friday, March 18 and at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 19.
With Harry and his friends cut off from the rest of the wizarding world and Dumbledore dead, our heroes must find a way to locate and destory the seven mysterious Horcruxes which contain Voldemort’s soul.
The following week will see The Kids Are All Right (15) shown at 8pm on Friday, March 25 and Red (12a) at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 26.
The Kids Are All Right not only examines a family where both parents are lesbians, but also looks at the issues that confront any parent 20 years into a settled relationship with teenage kids about to become independent adults.
Red features a stella cast including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Richard Dreyfuss.
Willis is retired CIA agent Frank Moses leading an exemplary boring suburban life, his only contact with the secret agent world being flirtatious telephone calls with an administrative clerk, Sarah. Late one night his routine is rudely interrupted by a hit squad. They quickly discover Moses has lost none of his legendary quick wits. Believing that the lovely Sarah could be behind the plot, Frank tracks her down and kidnaps her. The plot thickens and the fun begins as Frank rounds up old and trusted accomplices to outwit his would be assassins.
Maids Moreton WI
Another excellent evenings entertainment was enjoyed at our March meeting. The four members of Voice Versa delighted us with their varied performance. Their repertoire, based on a picture postcard theme, included Fields of Gold by Sting and The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love sung in the style of an Elizabethan Madugal.
John Murray presented the winner of the 2010 monthly competitions with a cup in memory of his late wife, Jane. The winner, Ruth Sentence, was unable to attend so the cup was accepted on her behalf by Ann Burshall.
The water colour painting day on March 5 was a great success judging by the paintings on display, while there was a unanimous vote in favour of the resolution ‘fair deal for stroke victims’ which will be submitted by Bledlow WI at the annual council meeting. Next month will be our ‘hands on’ evening.
North Bucks Carers
Jo Eadies launghter workshop was hilarious. He asked for audience participation and got it in spadefuls.
With Jo’s encouragment the room shook with a variety of explosive noises, contorted faces and gusts of laughter.
Jo’s message was laughter is good for your health. It releases tension, lowers blood pressure, puts smiles on faces and a twinkle in the eyes.
Our next meeting is on March 23. If you have a favourite poem or write something yourself please bring it along to share with us.
Buckingham Acoustic Club
Marian was hosting this week with Pete on sound. She opened with a varied set of great songs from Neil Young to Joni Mitchell covers and two original songs - ‘Other Woman’ and ‘Endless’ sandwiched in between.
Regular, and very popular performers John on guitar and Anita on bass, sang a fantastic set of well known oldies including some Bob Dylan numbers and a strident rendition of ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’ which had us all singing along.
Anticipation was high among the increasing audience as duo Violet Behaviour came to the microphone. Talented guitarist Chris, and Romy with her distinctive, confident vocals combined perfectly to bring us up to date with a set of contemporary songs. A well written original called ‘Time’ held our attention, followed by the Maroon Five song ‘She Will Be Loved’ with Chris swapping from acoustic to electric guitar. They finished on a high with Romy’s voice perfectly suited to the Adele song ‘Rolling In the Deep’.
Violet Behaviour will be among a fantastic line up of performers at the Music In The Market event in Buckingham at the end of May.
One of our regular performers Henry, who went down a storm at last years Music In The Market event was next to entertain us with his great vocals and increasingly confident guitar playing applied to some favourite 50s and 60s songs. Henry is constantly adding to his vast repertoire and tonight he had more new songs for us including ‘Old Blue Eyes’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’.
In complete contrast to all the guitar and vocal based acts it was a real pleasure to hear from Susanne who played very expertly a selection of tunes on the accordion.
We were very pleased to welcome a brand new performer, Kevin Sullivan.
After reading our club report every week, he came along just to ‘check us out’ but after a little gentle persuasion and on a borrowed guitar he gave a confident performance of ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘When I Get Where I’m going’.
With time rapidly running away from us Matt Morton with his four string tenor guitar put in a great set of cleverly written originals, including the quirky ‘ I Wish I Could Write Like Rob Johnson’ and ‘Love’s Got All The Sweetest Tunes’.
Come and join us at The Woolpack, Buckingham, Thursdays from 8:30pm.
For more info go to www.buckinghamacousticclub.co.uk
Buckingham Golf Club
With the competition season now in full swing, 57 competitors entered the midweek Stableford on March 9.
Nigel Franklin was victorious with 37 points followed by six golfers on 36. After countback, Chris Bullin emerged in second place with David Dale 3rd.
On Friday 11, on a glorious sunny Spring morning, 45 Senior Golfers headed out to compete for the Tony Buckland Trophy. Restricted to using only three clubs and a putter, the lovely weather inspired some excellent score scores.The final result was: 1st Bill McNicholl with 37 points beating Bob Berry on count back with Vic Fussell third on 36.
Incorporated in the competition was the ‘Highland Park Whiskey’ Putting competition, the winner being the player with the least putts overall. The victor was John Veglio with 32 putts for the 18 holes.
Saturday 12 saw 81 men take part in the second leg of the season-long Dr Stableford competition. Tim Kirtley won with an excellent 43 points. Sneaking out from behind the bar, Club Steward Scott Parker came second with 41 points beating Tony Stanford on countback.
The third leg of the competition took place on Sunday with the winner being Frank Hunter with 42 points. Bill Blundell’s 39 was good enough for second place beating Dave Howell into third on countback.