thepencil: Autumn 2008

This edition covers Cathy’s birthday celebrations, the sweetie quiz, dates for your diary and the Annual General Meeting.

Cathy's birthday celebrations

On 17 June, around 30 members of the Choir called at Avonhaugh to wish Cathy— many Happy Returns on her 80th birthday. A cake with the Choir photograph on it was presented along with many cards and presents and Choir members provided some musical entertainment. The Jolly Beggars were in good form even without George Russell and soloists included Ray Ashe, Bill Walker, Bob McDermott, Walter McLaren, Nat McKain, Bill Grainger and Alistair Mackie. Special mention must be made of Ken Watters who surprised everyone including Cathy with his love song. We will look at him now with more respect. Our Conductor, Gordon, and Alison were there. For Gordon, musically this was a valuable insight into his Choir. In particular, Baritone Ray Ashe is no Baritone at all but a good first Tenor!

President Alistair presented Cathy with a Certificate to commemorate Cathy's 30 year involvement with the Choir and to thank this remarkable lady, on behalf of "her boys" for her wonderful devotion to Stonehouse Male Voice Choir.

Cathy has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from choir members. She would like to thank everyone and says that without this support she would not have settled so well in
Avonhaugh. She has so many male visitors that the staff think that she has had a very interesting life! At her birthday party she was taken aback at the cards presents and good wishes she received. The impromptu musical items delighted her and also the other residents and staff.

Sweetie quiz number 2

  • not to be eaten too early (5.6) ………………………. …
  • there was a mutiny here (6) …………………………
  • wobbly infants (5,6) …………………………
  • wobbly pre-schoolers(5,4) …………………………
  • edible money (9,5) …………………………
  • quintessentially English flowers(5) ………………………..
  • small flowers from Italian
  • ham town (5,7) …………………………
  • sweets from the Bosporus (7,7) …………………………
  • biblical pal of James or John (10,6) …………………………
  • party time (12) …………………………
  • this should keep them quiet(10) …………………………
  • a tea time treat from the
  • English lakes (6,4,4) …………………………
  • roaring chocolate (4,3) …………………………
  • ancient itinerant musicians (9) …………………………
  • choux pastry and cream treat (9,6)………………………..
  • a French sweet (6) …………………………
  • the red planet (4) …………………………
  • scrooge's idea of Christmas (6) …………………………
  • spin on the spot (5) …………………………
  • people from southern Italy (11) …………………………
  • the people who created this quiz (8)………………………..
  • packed meal to eat outside (6) ………………………….

Other news

The Jolly Beggars have agreed to do a concert some time in the future.

Sadly, we have to advise of the death, in a road accident, of john martin, son of Isla and the
late matt martin our former president. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

Choir restarts on Tuesday 2 September 2008. See you there!

Dates for your diary

Friday 31 October John Knox Church Stewarton
Monday 10 November South P.C. East Kilbride
Friday 21 November Rankin P.C. Strathaven
Saturday 29 November St Andrews night at Stonehouse bowling club
Sunday 21 December Christian Aid sing a long St Ninian's P.C.Stonehouse
Monday 2 February 09 Hope Hall Baillieston
Friday 20 February 09 St Andrews P.C. Carluke Annual concert
Thursday 19th/ Friday 20th March 2009 volunteers required for our St Andrews night.

We already have some items in place including a Proclaimers tribute duo. Dust off your party
Piece, get together with others in your section to perform. Let producer Alistair know what
you would like to do and providing that it is not illegal or immoral, you're in!

Annual General Meeting

The Choir's AGM was attended by 41 members. President Alistair welcomed everyone, particularly Tom Dick who had returned to the Choir, aged 92.

Robert Hamilton was congratulated on 30 years as a member, having received his Honorary Members badge at the Annual Concert. The President thanked Gordon for his leadership, Pamela Black for her valued commitment to the Choir, Keith Bradshaw for continuing as Deputy Conductor despite family problems, Ken Watters for his organising skills, Bill Grainger as not only the "wee commercial" but the Choir's brilliant and unpaid tailor, John "mouthie" Hamilton for his help and of course Secretary Bill Miller and Treasurer Des Mitchell without whom the Choir could not operate.

Treasurer Des reported a strong financial position although with the impact of the purchase of staging during 2008, we would have to utilise Choir reserves. Conductor Gordon stated that the Concert performances had been excellent and high in entertainment value. He thanked all the soloists who had performed during the year and highlighted the assistance that he had received from Pamela during this transitional year.

There were no nominations for the various committee posts and the incumbents having indicated their willingness to continue, were re-elected unanimously.

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