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News was very sad to learn of the death of Bernard
Matthews, who passed away at home on Friday, 2nd December
2005. Bernard, who owned and worked at Llangrove Garage
was one of Llangrove's true personalities and will be
sadly missed by many. Bernard's funeral will take place
on Wednesday, 14th December at Welsh Newton Church.
below, Bernard can be seen as most will remember him,
at work in the garage, opposite the Post Office and adjacent
to his home. The photograph was taken in April of this
year, when I went to talk to him about the Terry Nation
television series, 'Survivors', part of which was filmed
at Llangrove Garage. Bernard told me at the time that
during the filming, he was paid to 'keep very quiet for
the day'. Although I have never published this particular
photograph before, it is one of my favourites taken during
2005. No posing. The picture shows a very friendly and
extremely helpful man, just the way he was.
Christmas Carols in the Maltings
to the Maltings shopping arcade were treated to Christmas
carols sung by the choir of St. Joseph's Catholic Primary
School, who were joined by Mayor, Gordon Lucas and a group
of singers collecting for the air ambulance on Saturday.
below, the children making up the St. Joseph's choir were:
Laura-Jane Thomas, Bethany Moore, Bronwen Virgo, Patrick
Virgo, Kala Marlowe, Zoe Hall, Susannah Philp, Olivia
Philp, Georgina Lloyd, Alysha Moore, Shauna Moore, Annabel
Marshall, Rebecca Murphy, Dewi Wilcox, Louise Cross and
Miriam Partington. Choir Leader, Alison Virgo provided
the keyboard accompaniment. Sharon Thomas and Pam Wheeler
were collecting donations on behalf of the school.
A Phenomenal Success for Goodrich Music
Music successfully presented an amazing concert featuring
Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, supported by local band Trilemma,
in Goodrich Village Hall on Wednesday 7th December. Paul
Jones will be known to many as a previous lead singer
with Manfred Mann, a star of hit musicals and presenter
of the weekly Radio 2 Blues Programme. Dave Kelly is possibly
the greatest blues guitarist in the UK. Together, they
have worked with the internationally acclaimed Blues Band
for more than twenty years.
rang to an evening of acoustic blues of the highest quality.
Paul Jones' solo singing, with his own harmonica accompaniment
left the audience breathless and in total admiration of
his virtuosity and skill. Dave Kelly's slide guitar playing
was astonishing in tone and quality. Together, they played
and sang the night away, finishing the evening with encores
and a standing ovation.
. . .
Kelly and Paul Jones at Goodrich Village Hall. (Photo supplied.
Prints not available.)
evening began with a set from Trilemma, featuring original
songs with acoustic arrangements from their forthcoming
album, 'Listen'. After the interval, Paul Jones and Dave
Kelly were introduced and played wonderful music including
long-established blues favourites as well as original songs
written by themselves. This continued into a second set
with each song interspersed with interesting dialogue about
the blues and the numbers to be performed.
event came about as a follow up to previous musical activities
in Goodrich. There was a village Beer and Music Festival
in 2003; a Music Weekend in 2004; and a 'Wok'n'Roll' evening
in Spring 2005. The aim of these fund-raising events was
to be able to provide, in Goodrich, artists of international
calibre who would otherwise only perform in large venues.
The agents who supplied Paul Jones and Dave Kelly were very
co-operative and allowed tickets for the concert to go on
sale in Goodrich two weeks before the event was listed nationally
on their website. The response from the village was amazing.
Within those two weeks, almost every ticket sold to villagers
and their friends. One more week and the concert was fully
sold out with a waiting list for any tickets returned. Between
then and the concert, Goodrich was buzzing with anticipation,
with comments such as 'I can't believe I'm really going
to see Paul Jones in the village hall', and disappointment
for those still wanting tickets and realizing they had left
it too late. The result was that every seat for Wednesday's
concert was full and that eighty five per cent of the audience
were from Goodrich. Paul Jones and Dave Kelly were themselves
delighted with the outcome and said how much they enjoyed
playing to people who were not their usual 'fan-based' audience.
Music events are organized by Matthew Constance, Andy Herbert
and Tom Richardson. Grateful thanks go to Richard Webb for
organizing the bar, Alex for engineering the sound so well,
Lucy George and her team for so ably providing the interval
refreshments, Matthew and Lucinda Constance for keeping
the intervals to time, Goodrich Village Hall Trust for providing
the venue and Claire Herbert and Sally Richardson for stewarding
and helping with the clearing up. Goodrich Music is now
planning another village fund-raising event in the Spring
that is likely to be a 'Blues Brothers' inspired village
dance. Planning is also taking place for the late Autumn
of 2006 when Goodrich Village Hall is likely to feature
another significant event to astound, astonish and delight
the people of Goodrich and their families and friends.
Santa visits the Maltings
and his helpers visited the Maltings on Saturday collecting
donations so that he could present all of the children
in Ross with a Christmas present at the Christmas Carnival,
which is to take place on Saturday 17th December. In the
photograph he can be seen with helpers Colin Gray, Town
Mayor Gordon Lucas, Ebony Hodges and Molly Brian.
all of the children in Ross a present at the Christmas
Carnival is a tradition which dates back at least fifty
years, possibly even a century or more. Santa and his
helpers were a little worried this year because other
charities were collecting for their good causes in the
same place and at the same time as Santa himself. He is
hoping that some kind of co-ordination will take place
in future years as shoppers only have a certain amount
that they are able to give to charity each week and when
this is shared between three different groups collecting
in the same place at the same time, the money gets diluted.
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