Christmas extravaganza in Haslemere

Father Christmas will be an extra busy chap on Saturday, December 17 at Haslewey Community Centre’s popular annual Christmas Fayre, which this year will be part of The Weyhill Christmas Market extravaganza.

Located just opposite Lion Lane on Wey Hill, there will be a  host of artisan stalls selling Christmas goods and festive food gifts throughout the day and all young children who visit the kindly old gentleman in his Festive Grotto will receive a small gift – absolutely free.  Mulled wine and mince pies will be available to grown-ups to add to the Yuletide celebrations.  

From clothes to complementary therapy treatments, crafts and cosmetics to jewellery, cakes and sweets to books and bric-a-brac, the Haslewey Christmas Fayre is just the job for those last minute gifts and there’s even a mini fairground on the Wey Terrace.

The Haslewey Christmas Fayre runs from 12 noon to 5pm, culminating with the much-loved Christmas Carol concert on Lion Green.

For more information, go to www.haslewey.org or call William Carroll on 01428 648716.

Taste of Christmas at new food and crafts festival

‘Taste’, a food and crafts festival hosted by King Edward’s Witley, takes place this Sunday, December 4.

The event is being run by Splendid Occasions and is free to members of the general public.

Once again, ‘Taste’ will see the School’s Exhibition Hall transformed into a bustling food market, showcasing the very best culinary delights produced by locally-sourced producers.  Even if you don’t buy, you certainly won’t go home hungry after visiting the wide range of stalls, say organisers. And don’t forget to enter into the festive spirit by sampling the seasonal ‘driver friendly’ non-alcoholic Christmas Punch which will be on sale …

In addition to gastronomic gifts, Taste will also feature exhibitors offering  craft-inspired Christmas present ideas, including elegant jewellery, delicate fused glass, fragrant candles / diffusers and beautiful scarves.

Jazz and vintage singer Kerry Le Bern will be performing a wide range of classic nostalgia and contemporary music throughout the day.  Her music covers a wide range of artists from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to Caro Emerald and Imelda May.

Exhibitors include: Flax & Mallow – country garden gifts and accessories; Linda Mannion – watercolour paintings and cards; Stella & Dot – jewellery, scarves and bags; Fruity Foods – salad dressings, jam, marmalade, chutney, risottos, seasonings and gift hampers; Butter & Cream Cakes – cupcakes, celebration cakes and brownies; Be in the Kitchen – cookery course, gift vouchers and gift boxes; Fusion – fused glass; Jewellery by Emma; Farmers Choice Free Range Limited – food delivery service; Garlic Wood Farm – street food; Barbara Ehlers Silversmith – jewellery; Dome 8 – mobile phone gadgets; Eli & Trish Naturals – candles and diffusers; My Secret Kitchen Table; Iberica Spanish Food – cured meats, cheese, olive oil, olives, vegetable preserves; RSPB – wildlife and conservation; and Norwex – environmentally friendly products for personal use and in the home.

Taste is open from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, December 4.  There is ample free parking with level access at the school site, just off the A286 Petworth Road in Wormley.  For further details contact [email protected] or [email protected]

WIN a meal for two at the refurbished Station House in Haslemere

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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Introducing The Station House…

The Upham Pub Company’s latest addition to the group’s growing portfolio has opened its doors following an ambitious £2 million investment.

Conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Haslemere station (you could even call it platform 4!) the new pub, bar and brasserie offers all day dining and drinking. Whether it’s a coffee in the glass-fronted café, a more formal dinner in the brasserie, or a cocktail or pint of Upham Brewery ale in the bar – there’s something for all tastes and all occasions.

What’s more, The Station House has 16 boutique bedrooms to extend your stay at Haslemere’s most exciting destination.

Extending over two floors, the site has been given a complete overhaul by local designers Simmons Associates. The original Victorian inn has been styled to pay homage to its French brasserie inspiration, while celebrating its railway heritage. The décor incorporates splashes of bold colours, luxurious soft furnishings and tasteful furniture to create a modern twist on an art deco inspired style. Food is available seven days a week, with menus updated regularly to celebrate the best locally sourced and seasonal produce.

General manager Sean Clapson, previously of Upham’s sister site The Wheelwright’s Arms in neighbouring Hampshire, takes the reins here at The Station House and is excited for the pub to embark on its exciting journey.

“With its impressive design and unique food offering, The Station House is unlike any other Upham pub, but customers will be guaranteed the same quality
service, delicious food and welcoming atmosphere we’re committed to.”

The Station House, Lower Street, Haslemere Surrey GU27 2PD www.thestationhousehaslemere.co.uk
Tel: 01428 776560 

 

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For your chance to win a two-course meal for two at The Station House, simply answer this question correctly:

Q: Where was general manager Sean Clapson previously based?

a)      The Swan Inn

b)      The Wheelwright’s Arms

c)       The Running Horse

Send your entries (by December 20 2016) with your name, address, email and phone number to:

New Life Magazines Ltd, Tindle House, High Street, Bordon, GU35 0AY or [email protected]

 

T&Cs: Entrants must be 18 or over. No cash alternative. Prize is a two-course meal (starter and main OR main and dessert) for two people, with a welcome drink upon arrival at The Station House. All other food and drink must be paid for by diners.

Prize redeemable until January 31, 2017 at The Station House, Haslemere.

Barrow Hills Pre-Prep pupils turn into elves for Christmas

Santa’s elves had better watch out!  Pre-Prep children at Barrow Hills School are flexing their creative skills, making decorations for a ‘Decorate A Christmas Tree’ competition organised for local schools by Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford.

The budding young crafters have been tasked with designing and creating tree decorations following the theme of ‘Magical Forest Creatures’ with woodland animals including owls, reindeer, birds, squirrels, mice and more. Taking inspiration from their outdoor play area, the children have thoroughly enjoyed stepping up to the challenge!

Ten children visited Squire’s Garden Centre to decorate a tree with their handmade designs on Monday, November 21.

Friends and family will be able to visit the Garden Centre between November 25 and December  4 to vote for their favourite decorated tree. The children responsible for the winning decorations  (to be announced week commencing December 5) will all win goody bags packed with Christmas treats.

Ricky Bowness, manager at Squire’s Garden Centre, said: “It’s no secret that children love Christmas and we wanted our competition to inspire pupils at Barrow Hills to create some truly original designs to celebrate this special time of year.”

Sue Pulleyn, Head of Pre-Prep at Barrow Hills said: “It’s an inspiring theme which helped to stimulate the children’s curiosity and fire their imaginations. We have been looking forward to seeing what our young crafters made and to seeing the tree decorated with their unique creations.”

Following the creation of a number of planters for a nursery project earlier this year, Squire’s has recently donated more plants to Barrow Hills School.

 

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Mini-show on Potter for November Write Angle

REVIEW

Petersfield Write Angle poetry & music cabaret

With November guests, ‘Project Adorno’ (Russell Thompson & Praveen Manghani)

The Townhouse, Petersfield

Tuesday, November 15

Project Adorno appeared in sparkling gold jackets. With lights dimmed, and the use of video and sound, they brought to life the humble beginnings of TV screen and song writer, Dennis Potter, starting with the Forest of Dean, where he spent his childhood, to celebrity status with plays such as ‘Pennies from Heaven’, ‘The Singing Detective’ and ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’.

The show charted Potter’s course with interviews, mostly with his daughter, Jane Chowns, his long-time producer, Kenith Trodd, several academics and John Belcher, the keeper of the flame in Potter’s native village. Potter was the son of a miner. Many scenes of Hammersmith Bridge, symbolising his mother’s birthplace, were used in two of his plays. His daughter Jane summed up Potter’s character, as the other interviewees discussed their first impressions and lasting memories of Potter’s sublime work.

All this was done through song and guitar, lending a subdued atmosphere to the room as the duo went from song to song – at times stopping for audio comments from Jane, his producer and the academics. Songs such as ‘Seeing the Present’, celebrating one of Potter’s best-known interviews, in which he spoke of “the nowness of now”; ‘The Church of the Mixed Metaphor’, alluding to his upbringing as a churchgoer and the imagery in Sankey & Moody’s famous book of hymns.

Also included was ‘Blue Remembered Hills’, a wonderful film in which adult actors perform as children. Potter wasn’t only loved but also criticised for songs such as ‘Blackeyes’, his most controversial novel/screenplay – was he being misogynist or just writing about misogyny?

In one song, (1993), Praveen connected his own experience of working in the civil service with watching the similarly-themed ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’. Another, ‘Rozoxane’, a reggae, told of a miracle drug that came close to curing Potter’s debilitating psoriasis. The song, ‘Hide and Seek’, from the novel of the same name, is the key to Potter, himself. Jane ended after the song, ‘Famous Last Words’, with a summing up of the man no one really knew but who fascinated so many.

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It was an interesting and challenging programme that definitely held attention and raised questions. At times, the sound was a bit muffled and we hope this helps clarify, somewhat. Alternatively, the sound lent a surrealistic ‘feel’ and was almost hypnotic. The audience was attentive throughout.

Meantime, our Open Mic brought Colin Eveleigh, poet, potter and tutor of mindfulness. His poem, ‘Somme Total’, is a tribute to Armistice Day, about the soldiers of the Great War, in which he told of his wife’s great uncle who died age 20. “Where there was carnage in 1916, it is now serene… The allure of war never fails”. One must “gather each falling tribute lovingly in one’s arms”. A very strong poem.

Well-known author Michelle Magorian, newcomer to Write Angle, followed with a poem about her mother: ‘Miss Invisible’ – “shorthand for I am old” – she heard bombs fall…danced all night…was married in Bombay…where is she now? Well, she has friends in France, Tel Aviv and Idaho. She’s always visible. So cheer up! Signed…Yours-dot-com! Humour with a lovely twist.

David Roberts chose to overlook the problems in the US and go for his love of ‘Manhattan’. “She may be young enough to be your daughter” ..”it’s the most romantic place…where intellectuals hang out. The land of the rich and free”. (this New Yorker agrees) ‘A View from my Conservatory’ followed, where “clouds fly by at the speed of night”. There’s “so much more life in his garden…thrushes, robins and blackbirds…flowers…where I can see the world, and no one can hurt me”. A good poem.

Bruce Parry had two new poems; ‘Going Home’ about Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, with its “rusty fire escapes, fishermen, they come from in-land and far” – a lovely description. Then, an ‘early’ Christmas with ‘Sofas’ about ‘Mr and MrsTotally Self-Centred’, “out to buy a sofa, made of reindeer skin (only £4000) they don’t need with their unlimited credit card”. “Something to bounce on like they do on the telly – then slide and bounce and eat chocolate cake – but that’s too much work. ‘We don’t sell sofas. We sell dreams’ says the salesman. But they must get home. They’re missing the telly. Just as long as the delivery is before Christmas..” (a bit of fun and lots of cynicism) – lots of laughs!

Michelle then returned to the mic with two poems based on two different kinds of women; one who wants to go away for the weekend, ‘Pack of Three’ – but must think first of her two children who’ll be left behind. “Please don’t ask me to go away. If you want me, you have to remember there are three”. Then ‘On And On’ about a woman who broke off with someone – he went on and on and on and on…talking, never stopping…Then he went on and on..when all she wanted was a man who’d use his mouth in a different way….not go on and on, but ‘turn her on’. Finally, a sad ‘goodbye’. It was very well read and true to the bone!

Jilly Funnell got up with guitar and sang a very clever, funny Christmas song, ‘Principle Boy’ – the one who plays in panto. When you get him home, that’s when you find what’s really inside his tights….

Jake read two poems, ‘My Brother’ about his late brother who became a great talker but early onset Alzheimer’s took his words away; then ‘What’s a Girl to Do?’ about the challenges facing a woman in the old West.

Yours truly did a poem about a birthday party followed by a short script, ‘Strange Bedfellows’, a love scene between Clinton and Trump (before his triumph) and ‘sadly – badly’ acted by Leah and Jake.

Speech Painter and Philip Jeays had come along and we wished they’d perform but it was their night to prefer just watching ‘Project Adorno’.

It was, in all, a very warm and good evening with lots of laughs and a very special BIG thanks to our special guests – not to forget our ever fabulous open mikers!

The next Write Angle is on December 20, when we have a very special guest, Richard Digance! Entry fee is £15 as this will be a very special evening – Richard Digance is a legend!

Write Angle doesn’t make money from these evenings but the special guests do get paid! And there’ll be a raffle for two free meals, as usual.

Leah Cohen

Brookham pupils raise huge sum for Children in Need

On Friday, the children at Brookham School in Liphook raised a fantastic £850 for Children in Need, the most they have ever raised in a one day fundraising event!

The money was raised from the sale of Pudsey Bears, Pudsey ears, pens, wristbands and pin badges that were all very generously donated to the school by a parent for this very worthy cause.

Friday was also Mufti Day where, in exchange for a donation, the children could come to school dressed in any clothes they wanted to, and many chose something spotty in keeping with the Children in Need theme.

The children really enjoy being involved in events for charity, and Children in Need is always one of their favourites.

Total relaxation with TIME to be ME facial

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review by Kat Wootton

If you want to feel like royalty, I know where you should go. With one of the prettiest views of Petersfield’s little hidden lanes, TIME to be ME in Pages Court has a range of facials and treatments which are just the pick-me-up for busy, working women like me.

I tried the hour-long ProRadiance facial, for stressed, dull (and in my case, sensitive), skin, which includes cleansing and toning, two face masks and a gel eye mask, exotic fruits exfoliation, a pro-collagen neck and décolleté balm, an eye serum, nourishing day cream, a scalp massage and arm and hand massage, as well as Elemis’ latest creation, the superfood facial oil. Nine plants oils are combined to nourish and hydrate the skin, needing just a few drops massaged into the skin before moisturising to work its magic.

As I was enveloped in delicate scents of rose, frangipani and papaya, galbanum, palmarosa and vetivert, therapist Natalie explained that British company Elemis uses pure plant extracts to make its products – and not an environment-damaging microbead in sight.

The results? Even without a hint of makeup, my glowing face was commented on – and it felt dewy and smooth. More importantly, I felt relaxed and truly pampered. A real treat.

TIME to be ME

Pages Court, Petersfield

01730 260260 

timetobeme.co.uk

 

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Cracking comedy from Lion and Unicorn

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Comedy of Errors

Festival Hall, Petersfield

Saturday, November 5, 2016

These are pretty weird times – and they get weirder by the day, now we have the prospect of an erratic, orange man in the White House.

But my assessment is not wholly taken from Channel 4 News, but from my study of the New Testament, which I am studying as part of a radical life-shift.

They are cracking stuff – but I had never truly grasped one of their defining themes, which my tutor, in the posh language of theology calls eschatology,  which you and I might call “stuff to do with the end of the world”.  Or as Private Fraser pithily puts it, “We’re doomed”.

The Gospels of Mark talks about the signs and wonders we can expect as Doomsday approaches.  Now reading the runes is a risky business, but for me the weirdest of all signs has been the recent outbreak of people – or at least, I hope they are people – masquerading as killer clowns, particularly, it seems, in Portsmouth.  Frankly, as a season ticket holder at Fratton Park, the last thing people in Pompey need to look scary is makeup.

So I ventured to the Festival Hall with some trepidation, as the posters around the town had reminded us that the Lion and the Unicorn’s production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors was set in a circus.  Dimly recognisable on the poster was Zoe Leary, who I know as a thoughtful, empathetic and creative contributor to the youth church I sometimes run.  Was she but one of secret cadre of killer clowns?  Would I make it home alive after an evening in their company?

Well I shouldn’t have worried.  Because my gloomy prognostications were ill-founded. L and U proved splendid company in a memorable evening.

The play might have been early Shakespeare – and the Bard didn’t really spread his wings with this effort.  There’s no depth, existential musings or soaring poetry. But what we get is a stripped down farce about mistaken identity involving two twins – and like all farces must go like the crack of a pistol to work. And work it did, thanks to Laura Sheppard’s imaginative direction, which milked the maximum comedy and maximum energy from every moment.

As the first of pair of twins, both called Antipholus, Ben Gander and Dom Clarke were the same but different.  Both also showed a deft line in physical comedy.  I especially enjoyed Ben’s blustering bravado – think a beefier version of Captain Mainwaring.  Dom’s comedy was not a million miles away from Woody Allen in his early funny films.

They were joined by Charlie Essex and Zoe Leary as the second of our pair of twins, both Dromio, garbed as clowns.  They were very funny and very accomplished. I am confident they can both go far.

Newcomer Cheryl Malam and Kat Wootton were also excellent as Luciana and Adriana.  This was, I think, the best performance I have seen from Kat, who was like a formidable version of Aladdin in silky green pantaloons. At points, when in full grande dame mode, she was somewhat akin to Elizabeth Taylor at her most florid and melodramatic – and I mean that as a compliment.

All the other parts from Simon Mackarness’s Egeon to Zoe Maddison’s feisty, formidable courtesan to Jill Hancock’s mysterious Romany Emilia  were played with pizazz and panache.  But I’d like to give a special mention to two characters who always stood in the background.  Darcy Gander, as one of the crowd, clearly relished every humiliation visited upon her father, while Flo Clarke as the Maid had the taxing task of making a variety of noises on an even greater variety of instruments and implements – with a new one brought out for every one of the bangs, crashes, bumps and bruises visited upon the main characters.  Indeed, she became a little like a circus angel of doom. Every time she appeared on stage, you knew someone was going to get hurt.

The only thing I can remember about Shakespeare’s comedies from the dim and distant days when I was meant to be studying them is that they really are not that funny. Or so I thought.  But in the hands of the Lion and Unicorn there were belly laughs galore. L and U have done it again with another entertaining, expert production. Cracking stuff!

Hugo Deadman

 

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Raining praise on Haslemere production

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REVIEW

Singin’ in the Rain 

Haslemere Players

October 2016

From the moment the nine-piece orchestra, expertly led by Bob Cantan, struck up the overture, I knew we were in for a musical treat.  We are gradually introduced to the main characters via the glamorous and gushing radio anchor, Dora Bailey (Debbie Bowyer) who is talking to her listeners in Hollywood, prior to the premiere of The Royal Rascal starring Don Lockwood (Peter Coxon) and Lina Lamont (Jo Richardson), the glorious stars of Hollywood’s silent film era.

Also present is entrepreneur, Mr. R. F. Simpson (Andy Boughton) famous director, Roscoe Dexter (Mike Byrne) and Don Lockwood’s closest friend and confidante, Cosmo Brown (Peter Lucas).  In response to Dora’s interview, Don Lockwood unfolds the story of how he and Cosmo made it in Hollywood via a charming tap dancing session performed by a young Don and young Cosmo (Paige Huges and Emma Taylor-Eardley) – and the rest as they say is cinema history.

However, the Talkies are beginning to take over and that presents a problem as Lina’s has a dire speaking and singing voice that does not match her screen image.  Don, trying to escape from his fans, meets Kathy Selden, (Rachel Perkins) an aspiring actress and they fall madly in love.

Don and Lina’s first attempt at make a ‘Talkie’ is a complete disaster but Cosmo comes up with the idea of turning the film into a musical with Lina’s voice being dubbed by Kathy.  Even though Lina tries to prevent Kathy getting any credit, justice prevails and we are assured a happy ending.

Of course, what makes Singin’ in the Rain such a wonderful toe-tapping musical is the sheer variety and quality of sublime songs performed and astonishing dance routines – which were choreographed by Jessi McCluskey, Debra Allen and Robyn Davies-Michalski.

Peter Coxon is outstanding as Don Lockwood – with amazing stage presence, a truly mellow voice and dynamic tap dancing – his performance of the iconic Singin’ in the Rain was warm and uplifting and really did bring a smile to your face – and the stage was indeed awash with gallons of rain!

Don Lockwood’s co-stars should also take great credit for their performances – in particular, Rachel Perkins as Kathy with her excellent singing voice and talented dancing and Peter Lucas as Cosmo, a great singer and comedian.  Their rendition of Good Morning along with Peter Coxon was nothing short of spectacular – including a perfect landing with a certain sofa!

Jo Richardson was highly amusing as the spoilt Lina Lamont, particularly when in comic partnership with her friend Zelda (Lucinda Loveland).  Sublime tenor, Jonathan Foster and the female ensemble gave us the joyous Beautiful Girl and the male voice coach, played by Debra Allen executed a terrific tap dance routine.

This performance was superbly directed by Hamish Donaldson and his team of lighting, sound and set builders and they, together with the whole cast, should be justifiably proud of an outstanding night of entertainment.  Can’t wait for The Wizard of Oz next March!

PFF

They got it just Write

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Petersfield Write Angle

The Townhouse, Petersfield

October 18

Hylda Sims, ‘love child of itinerant, communist, market traders’, showed up to a full house at October’s Write Angle, accompanied by Simon Prager, both carrying backpack guitars and ‘rarin to go!’

From poem to song to guitar duo to solo and back again, they varied the numbers from folk songs to mostly Blues. There was ‘Cake Walk’, by Simon, ‘The Bearable Oddness of Being’, a poem in prose or ‘just prose’ – Hylda wasn’t sure how to define it. Then, ‘My Guitar’, a poem by Hylda, ‘Careless Love’, by Hylda, ‘How Can a Man Stand Such Times and Live’, by Simon, and ‘Mooching Round Soho’, a lovely lilting 50s song, impossible to listen to without joining in.

These were followed in the second round by ‘Cracker, ‘Bad Brexit Blues’ (how she’s losing her cleaner from Cartagena; her lover from Lithuania, her bartender from Bologna (who served a Euro brew), her dentist from Transylvania… lots of fun – but point made!

Then, Simon’s ‘My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m on the Stage’, (his mother would accept him becoming a criminal – anything but the stage) and ‘Midnight Special’. A good round of bouncy and rhythmic sound filling the room end to end. Feet tapping, bodies swaying… There’s something about having musical guests along with poetry. Hylda and Simon are a duo to beat duos! Their energy and charisma fired out all over the room!

The Open Mikers came in strong with good poetry, guitar and ukelele. Maria Hewitt led with ‘Splash’, based on a painting by Hockney. ‘Was it a flash or reflection’, ‘His Wish’, – that a great rain would come over’? ‘Changes’, about changes of clothing essential non-stop representing an active life through to bed clothes! Colin Eveleigh then did ‘The Mind Reader’, which he ‘is not. Nor to judge you. The you in question is me’. (Interesting concept). Anna Bushram, first timer from Portsmouth, did ‘The Dawn of Night’, ‘not easily overshadowed by the dawn of day’. Then, ‘The Last Word’, ‘A Rushed Sentence’ and ‘Damn Those Monkeys’. All having to do with evil and good. (a strong poet) ‘Is there no redemption?’

Chris Sangster and his ukelele did two lovely and familiar songs, ‘The Perfect Place’ (bouncy and happy) and ‘Goodbye Love’, a sad ending to a romance. All went well but for the intervention of the chainsaw! It was suggested he bring it along to play next time – but he said he prefers the uke! Speekezewerdhogge – yes, you got it – (aka May), did poems about the marking of time: ‘Beautiful Reason’, ‘Sugar Coated’, ‘Watching the Sun go Down’ and ‘A Touch of Seasoning’..(‘a sky so still, I could touch it…hold it’). For all that exists, May shares her sense of gratitude (good poet).

Tash Finn did ‘Caught’, a true story of a woman on the Golden Gate Bridge. ‘Racing along the highway in her car, she stops halfway across the bridge. Gets out and tries to jump off’. Tash’s style of repeating the incident over and over, enhanced the poem beyond words, into sheer imagery! It produced a high level of emotion.

Jilly Funnell, a great fan of Jake Thackeray, told of the Thackeray Society having just found 16 songs of his, never before heard, that will soon be recorded. She adapted the idea of Thackeray’s ‘On Again, On Again’, about a lady who talks too much, to the poet’s wife having to deal with her creative husband’s non-stop writing inspirations, including in their most intimate moments! She doesn’t want to be unkind by interrupting his flow but, yeah, time to get rid of him!

Morough O’Brian (Mari), read poems from his recently completed book, ‘The Moment You Know’, about the difficulty when a child discovers he’s gay. It shows how he approaches and is approached by relatives, friends and what he feels. Broken into five parts, Parents, 12-13yrs, Sudden Thoughts, Could They Survive (14-15) and ‘Life goes on’. ‘It’s about a way to understand so you don’t fear. When you fear, you hate’. We wish him much luck on his project.

Jimmy Lee, guitarist/singer, graced us with some memorable songs – the most powerful being ‘Hard Man’, about the father he hated, who was so tough and beat him, so he grew up ‘hard and strong’. Jimmy sang about how he ‘stopped believing. Counted the days till he’d be leaving’..At some point, years later, they befriended one another and it went on until his death. Afterward, a wooden box was found containing tender love letters his father had sent his mother, from the army. Somehow Jimmy now understood his father. A wonderful song that resonates still and hit many people in the audience. He also sang ‘Written in the Sand’, an emotional song. Jimmy’s lovely lilting voice and great playing were a great addition to the evening’s entertainment. He’s a star! We thought he was so good, we’ve invited him to come back as a Special Performer. He’ll be with us either in June or October ’17 and we’re already looking forward to it!

Leah and Jake added some poetry as well, rounding out a great evening of musical and poetical entertainment!

Leah Cohen