WELCOME TO THE DANDY DIARY 2019
Big apologies for starting so late in the year to update the Web Site. Must confess I thought I had typed up the first few months and it had mysteriously vanished into Cyperspace. I was cursing Technology, WiFi, my laptop, Aliens, Allan…. Then I realised I hadn’t done it at all and I was just trying to blame somebody else.
So….After our gig for New Year we had a fairly slow start as we had holidays planned to try to compensate for the hard work from October to December. We sought out some Winter Sun but I , like many others, went down with the Lurgy and spent my holiday in bed and on the balcony wrapped in a blanket and moaning for England.
I shall list the gigs we have done over the past few months and thank people for their hospitality and add some of the photographs underneath. More photos and info. on the Facebook link page…which is temporarily non functional…bit like me, really. It will be up and running soon…unlike me. NO! We have not retired yet , despite bits falling off and life on the road becoming increasingly hazardous…What’s with all the PAPPING!! Have people just discovered car horns? Are we all European? Get a grip folks, this is England. No need for it! As long as we are enjoying it and the audience are enjoying it and people are still asking…then we are still up for it. Details of the Black Country Night Out Theatre Tour to come later…
New Year Show with our friends Nicky and Cliff…ETERNITY DUO. Over at SHIRLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE. Many thanks for a great night again.
Our first gig back was a very special one. This was HAMMERWICH CRICKET CLUB and it was the final gig arranged by the wonderful Ronnie Box. We have worked for Ron…or Veronica…for many, many years. She has done incredible fundraising work within the community and received the British Empire Medal. £812 without Bar takings on the night for new decking and railing around the club. Another wondeful night with our friends ETERNITY DUO, Nicky and Cliff, and as usual, a great crowd. We will return next Feb.
Return gig at NEWPORT BOWLS CLUB. This is about our 10th year and Maureen Cundy and the ladies are giving it up for a while and handing the organising over to George and the lads. Great turn out as always. Thanks again and see you all next year.
Another Bowls Club tonight over at BIRCHES COPPICE for TAMWORTH BOWLS CLUB. We are sharing the stage with the wonderful TAMWORTH TWANGERS who are a Ukelele and Banjo group. Lovely to catch up with my Auntie Rita and Uncle Fred and old friend Carl Dwyer. So sad to hear that Carl has since passed away.
Nice and local at BEAUDESERT GOLF CLUB tonight. Thanks again for another lovely night. See you again next year.
Over at LEOMINSTER at the MASONIC HALL. What a lovely crowd of people. We enjoyed the night with them.
Another repeat venue for us tonight.We have done this for many years. KINGS NORTON GOLF CLUB for the annual TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY NIGHT with MIKE BERRY AND THE OUTLAWS. Tonight is a sad night for all of us because the originator of this night…DAVID SLATER has very recently died. We attended his funeral just 4 days ago. He was still arranging tonight from his Hospital bed. He is a dreadful loss but it was his wish for the night to continue and hopefully it will.
BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT OUT THEATRE TOUR over at LICHFIELD GARRICK. Great to get together with our B.C. mates, James, Rachel, Katie, Ben, Wayne and Olly Spencer. What a truly wonderful night. A big thank you to all the people who came along to see the show and stopped to chat to us after. It was a Blast.
DERRINGTON VILLAGE HALL. Haven’t been here for a few years but they gave us a good welcome
ASTON WOOD GOLF CLUB for MANEY PROBUS. Many thanks to our old friend, Bob, for asking us to entertain them. Great night.
INKBERROW VILLAGE HALL for a Twinning Fundraiser for a French visit. Thanks to all for a lovely night.
PENKRIDGE VILLAGE HALL for the INNER WHEEL CLUB OF PENKRIDGE. Great crowd. Over £1,000 was raised on the night for various charities. Thanks to all.
Back again tonight at ALCESTER UNIONIST CLUB. I am really struggling with a cold/throat infection but they were such a wonderful crowd it didn’t matter. They are one of the best audiences we get. Love them.
Strange one today. Over at SUTTON COLDFIELD in a very smart Retirement Village to entertain our friend’s mother and her friends on her 90th Birthday. Very honoured to be sharing the day with the legendary GORDON GILTRAP. Good job Allan didn’t take his guitar.
COVEN VILLAGE HALL for BILSTON AND DISTRICT SOROPTOMISTS. Great to catch up with this wonderful crowd again. We have worked for them several times. Have lots of friends among their number. Great to see Jackie and Sue and my old friend, Graham. Some of the money raised on the night was going to GREEN PARK SPECIAL SCHOOL, BILSTON. Big thanks to all.
STUDLEY SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB. This has been hired by the lovely Linda…who we have worked for before. She is a lady that gets things done! This was a fundraiser for the Charity BLESMA…Limbless Veterans Charity. Not sure how much was raised…but knowing Linda..it would b a lot. Great to catch up with Allan’s Auntie Margaret.
HOLY CROSS, LICHFIELD was the venue for a fundraiser organised by John May again to help fund equipment to allow disabled children to enjoy their time in the playground. Many thanks to all of our friends who came along to support this.
NEWCHURCH OLD SCHOOL HALL out at the back of Yoxall. This is a venue we have done many times. Thanks again to Gordon and Rachel for the invite and to the wonderul audience who always come along and make it a great night. Wonderful food..again.
BEAUDESERT GOLF CLUB again…but this time it is for CHASETOWN TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD. Again some familiar faces. Lovely to see you all again.
THE POTTING SHED over at BROMSGROVE for a LADIES GROUP. We have been here before. Lovely venue and the food is good. Great audience. Thanks to Shirley and Ian who had seen us at the ARTRIX THEATRE for booking us. Great to meet up with you.
Reunion of the HOLLY LODGE SCHOOL from SMETHWICK. Venue is the TALLY HO POLICE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM. We haven’t been here for years. The numbers of men slightly outweighed the number of women …80 men and 8 women. I felt a bit odd but they were very well mannered and we knew one or two of them. Lots of compliments at the end which is always nice.
NETHERSEAL VILLAGE HALL out in South Derbyshire. Oh…what lovely people they were. We hadn’t been before but they were so welcoming. Thanks to Robert for suggesting us.
KNOWLE BRITISH LEGION is a venue we know well. We go to watch VIVO and Friends every second Sunday. This is 75th Year commemoration of the D.D.AY LANDINGS and we are booked to appear with our friend KEITH SLATER. We know a lot of the audience and they really rise to the occasion and along with the very talented Keith Slater, make this a wonderful, memorable night. Thanks to John Berry, and all who helped and worked as a team on the night to make this such a successs.
PENCRIC RETIREMENT VILLAGE at PENKRIDGE. This is a return to this venue and so we know a fair few of the faces. Good to catch up and chat with so many of them. See you all next year.
BUTTON OAK VILLAGE HALL. This is out near BEWDLEY. I shall draw a veil over the journeys to and from as they were fraught with harsh words and wrong turns and a lot of time in the dark in the Wyre Forest fearing the imminent crash with a bounding deer. This was mentioned on signs at 2 second intervals. The gig itself was wonderful. Mix of people from village and caravan parks in the area but they all got on well …and importantly for us…liked what we did. Looking forward to seeing them again next year.