NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Not wishing for New Year’s Eve to go un-noticed!
Greetham once again showed an extraordinary range of talent and enthusiasm in a way that only Greetham can do, despite a plague -like flu virus knocking out most of the male population! The particular strain for some reason was called the ' Howard Virus! '
The evening kicked off with top DJ Paul Bland playing top tunes introduced with great style and flair that can only be achieved by someone born of a certain generation.
The first act was Greetham's young comedian of the year Thomas Devries who had put together his own blend of comedy in a hilarious barrage of jokes: well done Tom, but try and get a day job!!
Acts then followed fast and furious as all wanted to get their bit over whilst still sober! Brian, Wayne and Ruth played a faultless acoustic set just to prove Greetham has got access to proper musicians.
Next up was The Village People, Tom and Harro Devries, Gary Spencer and Stef Doug- las, with an unusual version of YMCA. Gary proving that rhythm and timing is not every- thing ( all the right moves but not necessarily in the right order or at the right time!)
The first victim of the Howard virus was Punk/Fusion band The Unwanted who were una- ble to play, Robin Tidd and Darren Dryland had a particularly violent case or maybe it was the prospect of playing the Bay City Rollers number Bye Bye Baby?, or maybe just play- ing with me!
More victims if the ‘lurgy ‘were Barrie & Babs and MeJulie as Wet Feet, then to become Wet Foot! Stuart Rowland stepping in at the last minute to help out with his fantastic vo- cals, a big thanks to Frank, Ruth, Brian and Don for helping me out, although I say it my- self it weren’t half bad!
Then back by popular demand after a fictitious sell out summer season at the Beavers Retreat at Snettisham, The Marvelous Mark and the beautiful Deborah magic show, which had everyone standing in amazement with plate spinning and Deborah been cut into three leaving everyone guessing where her head was: there was even a small un- planned fire. The village had never seen the like apart from the last time, it was both mag- ical and mysterious!
There was more, Merv Bamber with his hilarious Village Ode!, My mother trying her hard- est to get a turn (sorry mother) and the headlining act Wysiwyg with their original line-up minus one (me), Howard proving the show must go on no matter what!
It was a fantastic way to see the New Year in and my personal thanks to everybody in- volved and for everyone coming along and supporting the event.
The proceeds were split between Prostate Cancer UK and Greetham Community Centre, £300 each. Thanks again and have a great 2015! Roly Easson
All for Anne Charity Events -Thank You
Pippa and Janice would like to thank all those who supported All for Anne charity events in aid of Breakthrough Breast cancer last year.
We have been waiting for final donations from around the world, hence the delay in putting
out this message of thanks.
As many of you may know, a dear friend of ours Anne, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her wish was that we should raise as much money as possible for cancer research charities. So Pippa and Janice (with help from many others) arranged a series of events in order to try and raise as much money as possible.
We started with the duck race held in May 2014, which was a fantastic success. This was followed up by a raffle, various stalls and a musical afternoon at the plough. This was a very well attended event, topped off by a barnstorming set by our local punk covers band “The Detonators”. Thanks to Kaz and Beanie for the use of the pub carpark and Daren, Roly, Rob- in, Tom DeVries , McGoo and many others for their free time, and typical Greetham good humour and support.
The next event was an afternoon tea party held in Debbie Easson’s garden. The sun shone and we all enjoyed wonderful homemade cakes (thanks to the Greetham Bake-off) with tea and coffee. Surprisingly (for Greetham) this was an alcohol free event (save for Jeremy, Don and Steve, sneaking beer into coffee cups). Thanks to Debbie and Roly for allowing the use of their garden and the immense effort to set this up.
The final push for funds was the Greetham ladies (and some men) walk in Norfolk. Our friend Anne was a keen walker and this idea came from a conversation between Pippa and her. The plan was to walk from Snettisham to Hunstanton and back, a route of around 10 miles (or so). The brave Greetham walkers would camp in Snettisham , make the walk on the Sat- urday and party on afterwards by way of celebration. The date was set for Saturday 13th Sep- tember. Sponsorship was duly sought and donations flooded in. The day of the walk was bright and clear after a freezing cold night, (especially for those of us in tents). Others joined us in the morning.
Just as we were about to set off, we received the sad news that Anne had passed away on
the Friday night. This was an enormous blow to us, but stiffened our resolved to make the
day even more meaningful.
With a full compliment of supporters (with drinks, plasters and emergency transport ready) the team set off.
Everyone managed the walk and despite the earlier bad news, the day was a resounding
Thanks to the walkers for all your efforts and good companionship during the weekend. This can only happen in Greetham.
Our walkers were led by our intrepid Sherpa Mark Osborn, waving his walking stick at every opportunity. The walkers were Ellie Barker, Debbie Eason, Pippa Craddock, Barbara Clark, Karen Mellor, Helen McGarigle, Sue Bromwell, Ros Marshall, Jane and Howard Denyer, Janice Walters, SJ Dryland, Georgia Dryland, James Easson, and Toby Craddock. These were ably supported by Barrie, Roly, Jeremy, Daren, Brian, Colin, Mary , Tom, Katie, Jessica and Steve
Thank you so much for all of your efforts it was truly and exceptional performance.
John Scott gave an audience of some 20 people an excellent talk on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway.
He went through the 150 year history of the railway and how it was preserve from near demise in 1947.
He described some of the challenges he faced in keeping the engines and rolling stock long after the skills and equipment of the original manufactures have gone.
Greetham Community Centre
Saturday, 24th January was a brilliant night - with a Centre Stage production of - Men in General. We were entertained by five gentlemen singing all variety of songs, which also included audience participation. We had a lovely email from them the following week saying how much they had enjoyed visiting Greetham and meeting such nice people. Thanks go to Helen (mc) for organising this.
The following Saturday was a special birthday for Debbie and this time the Big Band was in attendance (a huge surprize for Debbie). As usual the music was superb and everyone - young and old - danced the night away. A great night!!!
Everything comes in threes - the third Saturday was the Barn Dance. This was organised by Thomas and Elka to raise funds for their forthcoming trip. This time "McGoo" took the stage with Don being the caller. Supper was cooked by the Grandparents - traditional barn dance food - sausages, jacket potatoes and beans followed by Apple Crumble.
Another great evening.
We have got a little break now, but two new important dates for your diaries:
Wednesday, 15th April and by popular demand - A Pamper Evening - only for ladies, sorry gents. Tickets are available, priced at £6.00 to include a glass of wine, from Vicky (812893) or Maureen (813061). Admission is by ticket only so don't miss out.
Saturday, 18th April - we are holding an Acoustic Evening with a light tapas supper. This will consist of two half hour sessions with background music inbetween. As this will be held in the newly refurbished Club Room we are limited to 50. Tickets are priced at £10.00 which will include a free draw on ticket numbers, so get your tickets and bring them along to the evening. Again, admission is by ticket only and can be obtained from either Vicky or Maureen.
Other dates in the diary - Centre Stage productions are
Friday, 8th May - Impossible Things
Sunday, 7th June - Wanderlust
Details of these events are on the notice board in the Centre.
We are always looking for volunteers to help run the Centre - either on the Committee or just in an "ad hoc" way - just an hour here and there is a great help. If you feel you can help in any way please give me a ring (813061).
To book the Community Centre - call 01572 812389
Greetham Community Centre Committee
Centre Stage Productions again gave us a very entertaining evening at the Community Centre. Nearly 100 residents enjoyed "Men in General" - a quintet of men with beautiful singing voices and lively repartee. Thanks again to Helen McGarrigle and her team for making Greetham such a vibrant place.