Brookdale News December 2017



69 Bridge Lane





1 December 2017


Dear Members,


Since the last Brookdale News Lucy and I have attended six Coffee mornings and two Luncheon Club lunches. There have been a variety of evening functions that we have attended, starting with the theatre production of `Habeas Corpus` which was very funny!  Followed by a Chocolate Evening with Wine and Food section, not the best thing for the waistline!  We then enjoyed an Autumn Supper with Travel Section.


We then had the pleasure of `Casino Royale` with the Theatre Section, a really good night with an excellent Buffet.


The first V.P. occasion was with the Art Section with a Coffee morning, lunch, and Art Exhibition which was excellent, we never knew how many talented artist there are at the Brookdale Club! This event should happen every year.


The next evening occasion was with the Wine and Food section, entertained by `Michael Buble`, it was a brilliant evening with a party atmosphere in the room, I am sure the evening was enjoyed by everyone.


We then danced the light fantastic with the Dance section, being regular dancers we always enjoy these evenings.


At the time of writing we are looking forward to the BYT`s production of ` High School Musical`.  I had the opportunity to see part of the show at the dress rehearsal and I was so impressed to see so much confidence in the young performers.

On Remembrance Sunday I had the honour of laying the wreath on behalf of the Brookdale Club at Bramhall`s War Memorial service.


Our chosen charity for the coming year is a local charity – `Independent Options, they are based on Chester Road, Hazel Grove. It is an organization that works to empower people with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and mental health needs, enabling them to take control of their lives.

They also have a Children and Family Centre which is unique to the Stockport area where they welcome all children including siblings and friends to the centre, but those with additional needs take priority.


The club have lost four valued members over the last two months, they are Gaye Huddart, Len Lush, Roger Grimes and Harvey Dickinson – they will be sadly missed.


Finally, Lucy and I would like to wish all the members of the Brookdale Club A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR.


Barry Bryan





Harvey Dickinson


President of Brookdale 2000/2001


On the evening of Saturday 18th November very many members if our Club learnt of the very sad and shattering news that Harvey Dickinson had suddenly passed away following an outing to Bury.  The news was almost unbelievable in that Harvey’s activities among us were accepted as always being around, helping people one way and another in their Club Section activities to making them successful and enjoyable.  Perhaps it would be more correct to say it was always felt that both Barbara and Harvey together were always one couple w could rely upon if we needed help.


Harvey joined Brookdale on 10th June 1974 following the persuasion of Barbara who had become a member two years earlier and had heard that the Operatic Society were short of men for their production of “The Desert Song” and following his initiation they both became involved in Theatre, Travel, Walrus now Luncheon Club, Wine and Food, Caravan and Camping, and Gardeners of which they have won the Annual Gardeners Cup on several occasions.  He has also held the office of Vice President for several of those Sections, and in earlier years had been a member of both the Dancing and Bowling Sections  Additionally Harvey served on a number of Section committees and was a prominent Member of  the ADHOC/COHDA group from its inception under the direction of the lat Mart Humphries for the annual Family Christmas evening held on the last Saturday before Christmas.  Sufficient therefore to say that he was leader of the true Brookdale Family involving themselves whenever it was possible


Harvey will be long remembered by all of us who were privileged to have known him.  A friend to all and a great family man who will be greatly missed and above all an efficient, kind and gentle man whose memory will live on for a long time to come.





The Bar is normally open from 7.30 pm each evening, from Tuesday to Saturday.  On the first Sunday evening of the month, we normally hold our Bar Quiz.  The names of those members or groups providing the questions are displayed in the glass display cabinet on the wall by the entrance to the bar.


Day time events, such as the Luncheon Club, outside bookings for lunches, and, sadly funerals are also covered by our volunteers.


We are sad to report the loss of Harvey  Dickinson, who, for many years was the Question Master for the June President’s Charity Quiz.  He will be missed.


By the time you read this our Christmas Quiz will have taken place, and we thank Tom Aspin for undertaking this, due to the indisposition of George Wilson, who has led this quiz for many years.


The Bar will be closed on Christmas Eve, and then re-open on Friday 29th December.


On New Year’s Eve, the Bar will open from7.00 pm to 12.30 am Even if you are not attending the Function in the Main Hall, you are welcome to use the Bar.


Any member wishing to volunteer for training as a Bar Steward will be gladly welcomed onto the team.  Full training is given, and you are guided through your first few sessions of duty.  You offer the bar the day of the week which most convenient for you. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – or perhaps Sunday evening for Quiz night.  You would be rota’d on once each month


Jean Tudge

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Whist Drives


Our Christmas Whist Drive will take place in the Upper Hall at 7.00 pm on Thursday 21st December.  Admission at £2.00 per person, but instead of our usual tea and biscuits in the interval, we will be serving sherry (or orange) and a mince pie.  There will be a raffle, as usual, with tickets sold during the interval.  Anyone who knows how to play Whist is welcome to attend, you do not need to have a partner – or – even to be a Brookdale member, as Whist is an Open event.


Our 2018 calendar begins with Thursdays 18th January, 15th February, 15th March, and 19th April.  We return to our normal interval menu of tea and biscuits for these, and we thank Christine Pickford for coming to the Club each time to serve them to us, and wash up and tidy the Upper room kitchen each month.


We wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Health New Year.


250 Club


This is one way in which we raise money for Brookdale, whilst also the possibility of members winning cheques each month.  The draw takes place in the Bar at 11.45 am on the first Saturday each month, normally after the Theatre Coffee morning, when the President draws three numbers and the lucky winners each receive a cheque – if the winner of the first prize is in present in the Bar, a bottle of wine is also won.


You can join in this at any time.  The current series of draws ends with the August draw. To enter (or maybe add to your numbers) just complete a form, available at the Club, or if you are uncertain of how to do this, please speak to Jean Tudge at the Club or on 0161-487 1324.  To enter before the January draw, your £8.00 will give you one number in each of the remaining draws


The winners of the last draws were:

OCTOBER 1st Jean Tudge NOVEMBER 1st Bryan Lingwood
2nd Alan Watson 2nd Jean Tudge
3rd Janet Burnett 3rd Betty Higham


Jean Tudge


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Table Top Sales

The next Sale is on Sunday, February 25th 2018 with another on Sunday 25th March.


The telephone number for anyone wanting to book a table is 0161 302 2302.  Anyone who is willing to help with these Sales in any way will be very welcome.  The tasks are not onerous and most need only take just over an hour of your valuable time. (Contact Jean Tudge on 0161 487 1324 if you are interested in helping).



Christmas Fair


Again many thanks to all who assisted at the Christmas Fair Collection Coffee Morning on Saturday 4th November including Brookdale Theatre.  This year’s Christmas Fair was held on Saturday 2nd December, organised by the Social Committee but, as usual, many thanks to all the sections and helpers who assisted in any way, also to Niel Lingwood for providing lunch.  The Fair raises a lot of money (£3080 last year) for the Club and we could not do it without you.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations

See the New Year in with all your Brookdale Friends! This year we will be offering a cold buffet meal with poached salmon, roast beef, roast ham, quiches, smoked salmon, and a variety of salads plus a selection of desserts, coffee and mints.  After the meal we will be entertained by Bill Woolland, often referred to as Brookdale’s favourite comedian, and to complete the evening our DJ of the last three years, Dave Jones, will play music for listening and dancing until after midnight.

The Bar will be open from 7.00 pm.  The evening will commence at 8.00pm with the service of  the buffet.

If you enjoyed VPs’ Evening we hope you will be encouraged to come and support us again. Tickets are priced at £35. There was a ticket booking form in the last issue of the Brookdale News.  Tickets are still available at the time of writing, so please contact Diane Bowker 483 2913 for them and don’t miss the chance of celebrating the New Year with your friends – it’s more expensive to go elsewhere!  Please note: the last day for buying tickets is  Friday 15th December.


Ray Rodwell


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Sections News (in alphabetical order)




Christmas is looming up again and we have functions already organised for us to start celebrating even before you read this news. We are finalising our practices for our Christmas Concert Saturday 9th December when a number of you will come and enjoy our songs and the singalong in which you are all invited to join.


Also we shall be singing carols at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 2nd December and making cakes for the cake stall there.  Hopefully the fair will be a great success in spite of the cold spell we are enduring at present.


After that we shall be off for Christmas and Andante will resume on Wednesday 24th January ready to practise more arrangements by Alan Streak ready for our coffee morning on Saturday 21st April 2018 at 10:30hrs, and later the charity concert Sunday 3rd June in Main Hall at 15:00hrs.  All important dates for your calendar!


We look forward to your support at all those events.


Iris Kirk is still very poorly but she is hoping to come to our concert with her friend Marjorie Lynch who has also been unwell for a number of weeks.  We have missed them both and look forward to seeing them.


And sadly Anna Drackley who has been practising for the concert was recently taken seriously ill and is in hospital.  We send all our good wishes and hope for a speedy recovery.


There will NOT be a second concert on 16th December as mistakenly shown in forthcoming events.  Apologies to all who were confused by that insert. We hope sincerely that you will have enjoyed our performance at the concert on the Saturday  9th December!  Thank you for all your support in anticipation of a great crowd.


Enjoy the festive celebrations and if you feel like joining our choir ‘Andante’ on Wednesdays in the Jubilee Room you will be very welcome starting again on Wednesday 24th January in the New Year 2018!


Anne Groome


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Hello Everyone,    WOW,WOW,WOW what an Exhibition!  as Craig would say on “Strictly Come Dancing”  “Amazing Darling”!


Firstly the committee would to thank everyone who gave up their valuable time to help with the exhibition, without the help it does not workThis was our first exhibition and the whole setup was very professional down to the final detail.  The quality of the art work was excellent, and this was proved by the 29 pieces of art sold on the day.  Congratulations to those who sold their pictures.


I’ m not one to bear a grudge but no-one took any interest what-so-ever in my painting by numbers.  maybe next time?


A huge thank you to Ray Halls who made a video of the exhibition. He recorded it on a memory stick and gave us a copy for all you all to see.


The exhibition coincided with our Annual Coffee morning. as well as the VP’s luncheon.  Pauline Borodenko who is the Art groups VP organised this event, Pauline would to thank everyone who helped her on the day  They also had a guest speaker who entertained the VPs with his tales of a Salford Lad.


On Tuesday28th November Sandra Orme gave us a demonstration on the use of pastel, a very successful morning.


After the Festive break we return on Tuesday 9th January ready to start another year.


Here are some dates for your diary .  Tuesday 16th January and Wednesday 17th January will be our first Focus days.  Our aim will be to paint without a brush, so put on your thinking caps for this one.


February’s Focus days are about drawing hands, date to be announced Friday 2nd March is our Annual lunch at the Deanwater Hotel which is generally enjoyed by all.


Everyone from the Art group would like to congratulate Barry and Lucy Bryan on becoming the President of Brookdale.  We wish you both a happy and successful year.


And finally, can I wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy New Year.


Joe Sambrook




We begin with a huge thank you to all those members who turned up, after a last minute appeal for help, to provide refreshments at the club AGM. Again many thanks.


Barbara Hopkinson and Janet Burnett have now announced that the date for our annual trip to Prestatyn Indoor Bowling will be on Friday 6th April 2018.  Booking opens in January so watch out for the list on the notice board.  Get your name down quickly as this is a very popular event.


The Section is thriving and we have welcomed 12 new members to indoor bowling.  We are hoping they will also join us when our outdoor sessions begin.  We are always pleased if anyone wants to join us as a spectator and enjoy some company and a cup of tea.  You might even be tempted to “have a go”  Indoor bowling will finish, for Christmas on Sunday 17th December 2017 and recommence on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.


In conclusion we have to pass on the sad news that Roger Grimes has passed away.  Roger was a much loved and valuable member of our Section.  He had served as our VP, was the captain for many years and stepped into the breach as chairman when Dennis Cherrington stepped down.  We send much love and sympathy to his wife Jean and his family.


On Thursday 22nd February 2018 we will be holding the Indoor Singles competition which has been renamed The Roger Grimes Cup in his memory.  The entry fee is £1.50 and the entry form will be on the notice board after Christmas.


Carol Streak


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It’s that time of year again!  The decorations are coming out of their boxes, the cake is baked and the sherry has been restocked.  More importantly, we are getting ready for the Christmas Bridge Drive which takes place on Monday 18th December at 1.30pm.  There will be some cracking prizes along with the mince pies so do come along and have fun.


A reminder that our next bridge lunch will take place on Saturday10th February next year. Tickets for this event are £16. These go on sale on Monday 11th December and will be obtainable from Ros Moorhouse or Vivien Whittaker. Last year’s event was a great success so be sure to get your ticket soon.

An update on current committee membership:


Bridge Section Committee 2017/18


Derek Bailey Chairman
Pam Humphreys Vice President
Graham Barker Hon. Treasurer
Rosemary Moorhouse Hon. Secretary
Tom Burniston Bramhall Green + Membership
Margaret Steed
Sue Still
Vivien Whittaker


Finally, with apologies to Aladdin:


A Bridge Duffer was polishing a lamp when out popped a Genie. “I will grant you one wish” says the Genie.


The Duffer unfolded a map of the world and said “ Let all these countries live in peace and harmony.”


The Genie thought for a while, then said “You must be kidding. I’m only a Genie!”


“OK” said the Duffer, “make me a winning bridge player”


“Hmm” pondered the Genie. “Let me see that map again…..”


On behalf of the Bridge Committee and our VP, Merry Christmas to everyone and best wishes for a Healthy and Happy 2018.


Sue Still.


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I regret to say that I must start this month with news of the death of Roger Grimes. Roger was an enthusiastic member of the Section and a hard-working member of the Committee, and will be much missed.  We all send our deepest sympathy to Jean and her family.

Our Autumn Dance was a great success much enjoyed by those who attended.  Many thanks to Gerry Needham for providing a varied programme of music and to our Committee and their helpers who organised the event and produced the usual splendid supper.


The first date for your diary is the Section’s Christmas Party which will be on Wednesday 20th December.  We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to start the Christmas season with a (Cindy?) swing.


Looking further ahead, we have decided to hold another Coffee Morning this season, and this will be on Saturday 27th January in the Upper Hall at 10.30am.  This will be a splendid opportunity to exchange the Christmas gossip and to discuss your holiday plans for next summer. Happy thought!


Also, our next Saturday dance will be on 10th February, in the Main Hall starting at 7.30pm.  Watch the Notice Board for further details or be at our regular Wednesday dances where tickets will be available as soon as possible.


Finally, we send best wishes and congratulations to Len Theobald who attained the venerable age of 90 in November.  Keep dancing, Len!


David Greenfield


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In the Garden


It is a dormant time in the garden, however if you wish to make the most of this time, removing autumn leaves and debris followed by a good hoe to remove weeds from your herbaceous borders will keep you busy. It is a worthwhile job clearing your garden as this will improve the health of your garden by removing pests and risk of disease from your borders.


Now is the time to order seeds, gladioli, onion sets and shallots, garden sundries, weed killers and fertilisers. Send mowers, cultivators and shears for servicing and sharpening. Treat wooden seed boxes with preservatives and wash pots and plastic trays.  Check pergolas and other wooden structures and repair where necessary.


It is a good time to fell old trees. Other jobs include lagging outside water pipes; outside taps; tidying green houses and sheds.


It is also a good time to review how the garden has been in the past year, and plan ahead for an even better year, whilst putting your feet up, with a warm drink.


In the House


Houseplants, especially Poinsettias make lovely displays and add colour for Christmas decoration. Position in a warm room away from direct sunlight and do not over water. Also make use of holly and ivy too for table decorations.


For other house plants keep them warm and supplied with plenty of light. Water lightly and do not feed unless they are flowering or growing strongly.


Patio and container Plants


Move containers to a sheltered position or provide other protection. It is recommended that you plant trees and shrubs in containers for a permanent display except during frosty weather.




Saturday14th October Coffee Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am.


Our Coffee morning was well attended and welcomed Maureen Walsh our Chairman, Kath Potts our new VP. Our new President Barry Bryan with Lucy attended the Gardeners Coffee morning. Maureen gave good gardening advice to all and Kath provided the group with a very informative talk with funny anecdotes.  Barry as always did not disappoint. Conversation, tea and coffee flowed in abundance.


A good time was had by all.


Saturday11th November Coffee Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am.

Our Coffee morning was well attended. The table flower displays were once again very attractive and testament to the skill and dedication of all who contributed. Our VP Kath Potts provided a poignant homage to her late father and some amusing anecdotes.  At 11.00 am the Gardeners section paid their respects to the fallen and injured in all wars with two minutes silence.




Saturday16th December – Coffee morning with mince pies and traditional Christmas Table Decorations in the Main Hall – 10.00am.  The Christmas Table Decoration Competition will take place during the morning.  Traditional decorative material only must be used. Further details are available at the notice board.


The Show Competitions are open to all members of the Garden Section and all are encouraged to exhibit whether you are seasoned entrants, new or not yet started; so why not try your hand the next time.  The more people who take part the better. Who knows what talent there is out there waiting to be discovered?


Saturday13th January 2018 Coffee Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am


Saturday 3rd February 2018 Social Evening in the Main Hall – 7.00pm for 7.30pm

A two course hot and cold buffet supper followed by tea or coffee. [Vegetarian menu will be provided on request]. Musical Entertainment and Sing-along will be provided by the popular Accordionist Helen Rich. The price per ticket is £15. Priority will be given to Garden Section Members. Although priority will be given to members of the Gardener’s Section every attempt will be made to accommodate members from other sections.


Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact Diane Bowker on 0161 483 2913.


Saturday10th February 2018 Coffee Morning and Spring Show in the Main Hall – 10.00am


Saturday 17th March 2018 Coffee Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am


Saturday 14th April 2018 Coffee Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am


To any of our members who are in ill health, or, are recovering, we send our best wishes.


David Evans

From the potting shed


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I am pleased to tell you that we have been able to arrange sufficient help to run the Linguists’ Winter Coffee Morning on Saturday 20th January, so this will be in the Upper Hall at 10.30am.  As usual, this will be an opportunity to meet your friends and catch up all the post-Christmas gossip, as well as to discuss your 2018 holiday plans, so we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


For the benefit of all club members, particularly those joining in the last few months, we again explain the group activities.


The English Group is for anyone interested in the spoken or written language, and normally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8.00pm in the Lesser Hall. Each month, a topic is selected and members either write a piece on that theme, or read a relevant extract from a book or magazine or a poem. We thus operate both as a creative writing group and to share a mutual interest in books and written language.  This programme is varied by occasional sessions playing word games of all kinds.  If this might interest you, please phone Jean Harrington on 0161-439-9818 for information on our next meeting.


The French, German and Spanish Groups foster and develop skills in their chosen language through sessions involving everyday conversation, reading topical extracts from foreign language magazines and newspapers, and other written material.  A reasonable knowledge of the language is useful, but even those with rudimentary skill are likely to benefit from the groups – an enquiring mind is the only essential! For the date of the next meeting of each Group or to find out more, do contact the Group leaders who are:-


FRENCH               Jo Moor                 0161-439-9818

GERMAN             Doreen Stretton    0161-439-4438

SPANISH              David Singleton   0161-485-5123


David Greenfield

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September Long Ramble: Hayfield – Kinder Reservoir.

Thursday 28th September 2017.

Leader: Denis Downham


Seven ramblers set off from the Hayfield car park on a day that turned out to be windless and sunny.  We took the Kinder Road and reached the start of the Snake Path which was established in 1897.  We followed the ascent of this path across fields to reach open moorland which then took us high above Kinder Reservoir with beautiful views across the reservoir and moorland.  On reaching the most northerly point of the reservoir we then headed in an easterly direction and then a westerly one to circumvent the reservoir.  This brought us to a track which would lead us back to Hayfield.  Our route then leads us passed the 1867 stone built Farlands House which once belonged to Mr. James Watt as his country cottage and then past the 1723 Hill Houses hamlet to complete our ramble after an interesting and enjoyable day in fresh air.


Ramble Thursday 12th October.

 Leaders: Alan Booth and Kim Apthorpe.

Twelve Ramblers including 5 new members set off from the Sportsman public house at Strines and headed on a 4 mile walk via the Roman Lakes at Marple.  It was a sunny day, and we walked alongside the river Goyt which was in full spate.  The trees alongside were a riot of Autumn colour.

The lake was stunning, and we were greeted with a cacophony of sound from the ducks and other water fowl.  We carried on uphill towards Marple and took the towpath along the Peak Forest Canal back to our starting point.


A very enjoyable meal was had by all back at the Sportsman.

Stroll: Woodbank Park. Sunday 22nd October 2017

Leaders: Alan Barker and Tony Cummings


The weather was cool and overcast. Five strollers set off from the main car park in Woodbank Park up the drive to the Vernon Park cafe, past the rose garden and back onto the main drive to Woodbank Hall.  We stopped for a few minutes in front of the old Hall.  The Hall is in a bad state and could do with some TLC. We continued towards the West Gate and eventually looped back to the start passing the playground and reservoir on our left. We had walked at the speed of light and so had time for a cup of tea in the Vernon Park cafe. Lunch at the Puss in Boots was excellent, though noisy


Long Ramble Thursday 26th October

 Leaders: Margaret and Ray Wood


Ten able hikers set off from Edale to Barber Booth, then climbing up to Rushup Edge, Mam Tor and Hollins Cross back to Edale.  We enjoyed fabulous views, good company and the rain held off until we reached the car park. Unfortunately, only eight of us returned so, I suggest the next long ramble in March 2018 we should return

and look for them!


Ramble November 9th, 2017

Leader:  Harry McDonald  Autumn walk Middlewood Way and Poynton Canal Distance 5.2 miles

Fifteen ramblers set off from the from the Miners Arms car park headings out along Middlewood Way towards High Lane.   After a very short unscheduled stop at Nelsons pit we moved back onto the Middlewood Way, after crossing over the main line railway at Middlewood we stopped for a coffee break.  This was now the point where we needed to turn and walk through the woods to join the canal towpath.  After a pleasant, just over a mile, walk along the towpath we went down Nelsons pit and back onto Middlewood Way to finish the last section of the walk back to the Miners Arms for lunch.  The landlady had set up the tables so that party could all sit together and enjoy what turned out to be excellent lunch.


Stroll: Dunham Massey. Sunday 26th November 2017

Leaders: Alan Barker and Tony Cummings


Twelve strollers set off from the Dunham Massey car park on a cold and wet day.  We walked through the Visitor Centre to the front of the hall.  We carried on along Smithy Drive and stopped to look at the Information Board near the stile to  Charcoal Road. We took the hard core path by the estate wall to Main Drive.  A couple of fallow deer were mooching about in front of the big old brick barn.  We walked back along Main Drive to the Visitor Centre and car park, lucky to get back without being soaked. Distance 2 miles.


Lunch at the Axe and Cleaver was enjoyable, but the service was slow


Rita Chadwick


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BYT’s High School Musical was so well received that I think the following unsolicited email to the Editor of the Brookdale News received from a member of the Saturday evening audience, just about sums it up:


“…… I feel compelled to write to you to pass on my praise for a truly wonderful production. I must confess to expecting a very amateur affair and was pleasantly surprised at the professionalism shown in all aspects.


Firstly the scenery was excellent and immediately laid down a marker as to the quality to be seen. This was brilliantly backed up by the costumes which were painstakingly recreated from the film. The thing that impressed me most however was the quality of the acting and the singing on show especially from such young performers. They performed well beyond their years and put to shame many a professional performance I have seen. To sing so beautifully in front of a packed theatre at such a young age was a triumph. Much as I hate to pick out individual performances as everyone was excellent, my children thought that Ryan was brilliant and that is all they talked about on the journey home. He was sassy, funny and a great singer and dancer. One to watch for the future.


Finally, the choreography was beautifully done and the way it synchronised was worthy of a professional performance especially in basketball number ‘head in the game’. …… And I forgot to mention how good Jack the announcer was also. Very funny and pulled the whole thing together beautifully.


We shall definitely be back in the future so please keep up the excellent work and pass on our praise and thanks to all the cast and the backstage team that made our evening out so enjoyable.  Many thanks.”


Nuff said!  Congratulations to Zoe and her teams and everyone involved.


Sweet Revenge by Francis Durbridge is our next production (Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th January 2018) and rehearsals are well underway.  Along with several regular faces, we have some new members in the cast and we wish them well for their first appearance on Brookdale’s stage.  Sweet Revenge is a well-crafted thriller that will have you guessing to the end!  Book now to avoid disappointment, the form is enclosed.


Then let’s all get together at our VP Alan Streak’s social evening, this time with a nautical flavour, on Saturday 17th February.  We’ll be entertained by Jayne Curry who appears regularly onboard the world’s finest cruise lines and is well known to Brookdale.  Why not meet your friends in the bar at 7.00pm.  Tickets are £16.00 and include a hot buffet supper.  Put the date in your diaries (it’s not the date on your membership card) and use the enclosed form to book your place onboard.


Our Honorary Secretary, Sylvia Dennis, will be retiring from the committee at our AGM in May so we are seeking someone marvelous to fill her shoes.  If you feel this might suit you but would like to know more before committing, Sylvia can tell you what’s involved (email [email protected]).  Also there’s time before May to sit in on committee meetings to get a feel for what goes on.


Hope you can all come to the January coffee morning because there will be news of next seasons plays! That’s on Saturday 6th January.  Until then, have a wonderful Christmas, see you all in the New Year!”


And finally for now: Save the Date

Dear Lupin (Wednesday 7th to Saturday10th March 2018) based on letters between Roger Mortimer and his son Charlie, is adapted for the stage by Michael Simkins.  More on this next time.


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Theatre Visits


By the time you read this we will have had our annual visit to the Bridgewater Hall for the Halle Carol Concert and are now look forward to 2018’s programme.  We are planning to circulate a questionnaire to find out your preferences for visits and this should help us in deciding future bookings.


On Tuesday 27th March we are visiting the Lowry to see ‘ART’, a multi award-winning comedy starring Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson.   Reading an article recently I learned that Nigel Havers said “I like doing ART more than anything.  It’s hilarious.  I do it every five years and love every minute of it.  It’s ostensibly about a painting, but it’s really about male friendship.”  Please sign the list on the notice board if you would like to join us.  We will be leaving the Brookdale Club at 5.45pm and the tickets are £37.


Vivien Whittaker


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Unfortunately our November Lunch speaker was ill so we weren’t able to hear any of the Butler’s Tales but thankfully Kathleen Potts stepped very nobly into the breach with only 3 days notice.  She transported us to the foothills of the Himalayas with her impressive, informative and entertaining talk about trekking on the Anapurna Trail.  Thank you Kathleen.


Christmas is now approaching at the speed of lightening and we’re looking forward to our Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 20th December. Sue Holden will talk to us about what Christmas means to her.


Our programme until March 2018 is as follows


Wednesday 17th January       The Refurbishment of Bramhall Hall       Howard Green

Wednesday 21st February     Working as a Nanny for the Saudi Royal Family

Helen Slater

Wednesday 21st March         Teaching in a South African Township      Carole Cross


We hope you will come and join us.


The Luncheon Club would like to wish Alan Watson a speedy recovery after his fall.


We would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to Jean Grimes and family and Barbara Dickinson and family on the sad loss of Roger and Harvey.


Roger was always cheerful and he put up a brave fight.  His smiling face will be missed at Brookdale.


Harvey was a Past President and member of many sections including the Luncheon Club where he served as a hardworking, loyal and reliable committee member.   He always made a valuable contribution to our meetings.  On a personal level Harvey was always kind and helpful to everyone.  He made a huge personal contribution to the smooth running of Brookdale for many years.  Thank you, Harvey.  We will miss you at our meetings and lunches.


Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.


Elaine Stafford


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Friday 20th October  was  the date of  our Autumn Supper . Some 70 members  were  present.  Dr.  Margaret  Baron  and her team had beavered  away to organise  an excellent evening. We were well fed with hotpot and  apple  pie  by  our caterers.  We had a good raffle and we saw the return  of  ‘ Stand Up Bingo’.  This was won – and we are assured that it was all above board- by Mrs. Lucy Bryan.  After a  short  break  Anna and David Drackley  gave us an AV. display  covering  many subjects.  Memorable parts were ‘The Rhythm of Light’,   ‘Balloons’   and  beautifully photographed  ‘ Northern Lights’. Thank you both for this entertainment.


Friday 17th November. The  intended   presenter for this evening was indisposed. However, David Drackley , at short notice , managed  to obtain the DVD of the presentation and brought his equipment along to save the evening.  Thus we saw ‘A tour of Western Ireland’ . It covered the Aran Islands , Connemara and Galway. Fine pictures of the flora and fauna and the cliffs and strata. Also showed many old churches and Galway Cathedral.


We wish to thank George Steele for providing us with his presentation and hope he has a rapid return to full health.


Thursday 23rd. November was our return visit to Alvaston Hall. We enjoyed a Christmas Lunch with full trimmings. This was followed by an unusual  interpretation of the pantomime of ‘ Cinderella’. Great enthusiasm by the 6 members of the cast.  A good day which was assisted by our young driver, Danny.


Looking towards next year.  Please keep a look out on our notice board for latest news.


On Friday 23rd.   January  we are expecting to visit  South Cheshire College, at Crewe, for a 3 course lunch  – priced at about £23  inc . coach. Details   T.B.A.


Friday 16th February   This is to be an extra-special Travel VP’s musical evening arranged and presented by our own Bryan Lingwood  and supported by members of his family.  Not to be missed and we expect a high demand for tickets .


Friday23rd. February    A visit to  Wedgwood Complex .Details T.B.A.

Friday 16th. March         Spring lunch at the  Deanwater  Hotel.

Friday 17th.April            3 hour  Cruise on the Shropshire Union Canal from Norbury                                         Junction.

Contacts:-   Outings       Bryan Lingwood     Tel . 439 3181

Or    John  Roden            Tel .  439 3361

Lunches     Dr. Margaret Baron   Tel. 428  3832


In January there will be celebrations in the home of the Sintons on the 30th of the month, Irene Sinton attains her 90th Birthday.  We find it hard to believe too.  We wish you a great day, Irene.


Have a Happy Christmas.


John Roden


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We were all stunned and extremely saddened to hear that Harvey Dickinson had passed away.  We all know that he and Barbara have played an integral part in the life of The Brookdale over many, many years.  We have been fortunate enough to have them as members of our committee for the past six years and Harvey as our enthusiastic and excellent Vice-President last year. We will all miss him and his many talents very much.  Our love and special thoughts go to Barbara at this sad time.


The Michael Bublé tribute evening  was an immediate hit, with his easy audience rapport and ability to sing effortlessly in the Bublé style.  In fact Dan sang and looked and more like Michael Bublé than Michael Bublé!  As well as having a good voice  he was also great fun . He shared jokes and banter with the more extravert members present and even invited participation from one of our own Club singing personalities – Niel Lingwood. (Some people said Niel was every bit as good!)  Yes, he must come again.  Put him on the repeat list Judith along with ‘Elvis.’


Future Events:


Friday 7th December.2017.  Xmas meal at the Pinewood Hotel.  By the time you read this it will have been consumed, enjoyed – and probably gone to fat on our waistlines.


Friday 5th January 2018. An encore performance of ‘An Evening of Chocolate’ but this time with the Chocolatier himself. I am sure this will be a big improvement on the October one and we will ensure much better vision and hearing by image projection and using a different seating plan. Meet in the Bar at 7.30pm.


N.B. For those who attended in October there will be no charge.


Friday 12th January 2018. Waitrose Wine Evening with a South American theme.  We are pleased to welcome back John, who was so good last year. Price £6.00 (pay at door). and includes theme appropriate tasty morsels. Meet in the Bar at 7.30pm.


Friday 9th February 2018.  Talk and tastings from the Cheshire Cheese Company.  Meet in the Bar at 7.30pm. Further details will be posted on the notice board.


On Saturday 24th February. 10.30am. we will be holding our first ever Coffee Morning in the Upper Hall – come and join us.


Ingrid Halls


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We would like to welcome the following new members to Brookdale:-


SEPTEMBER  (16 August to 10 September)



Mrs Chris Attwood MrWilliam Attwood Mr Tom Barton
Mrs Christine Berry Mr Stanley Berry Mr Michael Betts
Mrs Valerie Betts Mrs Patricia Bottomley Mr William Bottomley
Mrs Joyce Bradburn Mrs Patricia Broadbent Mrs Taymar Brownsell
 Dr Ron Butler Mrs Elizabeth Bywater Ms Vicki Dawson
Mrs Jan Day Mrs Frances Greenwood Mrs Sylvia Hayden
Mrs Linda Jackson Mrs Maureen Kelly Mr Stephen Kelly
Mrs Valerie McNamara Mrs Dorothy Mumby Mr Paul Mumby
Mrs Hiliary Oldham Mr Lynn Oldham Miss Patricia O’Neill
Mrs Claire Palmer-Bright Mr Terry Palmer-Bright Mrs Marilyn Pulman
Ms June Randle Mrs Jane Roberts Mr Eamonn Scott
Mrs Elizabeth Scott Mr Robert Sivel Mr Robert Sivel
Mrs Rosalie Sivel Mrs Pamela Southern Mrs Jean Spurr
Mr Michael Spurr Mrs Shirley Stafford Mrs Carole Starr
Miss Emma Stephens Mrs Geraldine Timmins Mr Thomas Timmins
Mr Ian Tunnard Mrs Linda Tunnard Mrs Julie Watson
Mrs Doris Wood Mrs Elizabeth Wootton
Re-instatement of Membership
Mrs Hiliary Kellett



Mrs Patricia Wareing


SEPTEMBER (11September to 21 September)



Mrs Elizabeth Edwards Miss anna Gromadzka Mr Sanjiv Joshi
Mr Cyril Rodgers Mrs Mavis Whitehead
Re-instatement of Membership
Mr Ian Metcalf



Mrs Pat Cartwright




Mrs Judith Dickinson Mr Natwarial Lakhani Mrs Urmila Lakhani
Mr Navinkumar Patel Mr Mukesh Kapadia
William Abraham Ayia Aksu Emilie Claymore
Benedict Cole Imogen Green Charlie Hall
Millie James Charlie Jenkins Annabel Lynch
Ava Newton Florence Stafford Ariana Twiss
Isabella Waterworth



Re-instatement of Membership

Mr Asvin Modi



Mr Len Lush





Mr Guy Burden Ms Trish Callaghan Mrs Gladys Davidson
Ms Jayne Hey Mrs Jane Houlker Mrs Mayaben Jani
Mrs Margaret Morley Mrs Anita Morris Mrs Suzanne Phoenix
Mr Ian Preston Mrs Patsy Saunders Mrs Joan Stepto
Mr Robert Stukins Mrs Gaynor Whalley Mrs Ladan Wright



Mrs Hansa Mehta


Alyssa Coldwell Amelie Villard Madelaine McGarr



Miss Gaye Huddart


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The Bowling Section send hearty congratulations to Len Theobalds on his 90th birthday. You are an inspiration Len.



The Dancing Section send congratulations to Len Theobald who celebrated his 90th birthday in November.


Gardeners send their congratulations and best wishes to Irene Sinton who is celebrating her 90th Birthday.


The Linguists’ Section send their best wishes to Anna Drackley and hope that she will soon be fully recovered from her recent illness.


Theatre send best wishes to Alan Watson following a couple of nasty falls and to Joyce Cocker after her “trip” in Spain.


The Travel Section send their very best wishes to  Sheila  Watson , now living in Robertsbridge.  We are missing your presence on the Committee.


The Wine and Food Section were very glad to see Sylvia Dennis in the Club again after her stay in hospital.


The Wine and Food send best wishes to Ian Reid and hope that Lesley is content and comfortable in ‘Southfield.


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The Bar committee sends love and sympathy to Barbara Dickinson, Iain, Hayley and family, on the loss of Harvey,  a Past President of Brookdale,


The Social Committee would like to offer sincere condolences to Barbara Dickinson and family on the sad loss of Harvey. Harvey has been a strong supporter of the Committee and the Special Efforts Committee over many years and will be sorely missed from many areas of Club activities.


We would also send our sympathy and best wishes to Jean Grimes and family on the sad loss of Roger who also played an active part in several Sections of the Club as well as supporting the Christmas Fair with his Play Your Cards Right game.


The Dancing Section send deepest sympathy to Jean Grimes and her family on the death of Roger.


The Dancing Section send deepest sympathy to Barbara Dickinson and her family on the death of Harvey.


Gardeners wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Harvey Dickinson and Roger Grimes on their sad loss.


The Linguists’ Section send deepest sympathy to Jean Grimes and her family on the death of Roger, and to Barbara Dickinson and her family on the death of Harvey.


Theatre would like to convey heartfelt condolences to Barbara, Iain and Hayley Dickinson and family following the sudden loss of Harvey.  He appeared many times on the Brookdale stage, notably as our first Nicely-Nicely Johnson in 1983, a role reprised earlier this year by his son Iain.


Theatre would also like to convey their condolences to Mavis Jordan on the sudden death of her husband Derek.


It is with great sadness that the Travel Section extend their condolences and sympathy to  Barbara  Dickinson and family on the tragic loss of Harvey.  Such an outstanding and kindly man. He will be greatly missed by us all.


The Wine and Food Section were shocked by the death of Harvey Dickinson and send their heartfelt sympathy to Barbara, Iain, Hayley and family.


The Wine Section were saddened to hear of the death of Roger Grimes and our thoughts are with Jean and family at this sad time.


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If you have any queries concerning a Section or Event you may find the following list helpful:-



Section Secretary Telephone No.
Andante Elaine Stafford 486 0896
Art Pauline Borodenko 439 1076
Bar* Rita Chadwick 439 1897
Bowling Hilary Black 440 9074
Bridge Rosemary Moorhouse 427 6001
Bramhall Green Bridge Tom Burniston 439 1463
Caracamp Wendy Birch-Jones 483 1672
Dancing David Greenfield 439 9371
Gardening Val Evans 01625 525580
Kitchens* Wendy Joyce 01625 873601
Linguists Sheila Haley 439 5240
Ramblers Jacquie Mountain 483 1826
Social* Judy Rodwell 485 4665
Theatre Sylvia Dennis 01663 763567
Theatre Visits* Vivien Whittaker 439 2648
Travel Anne Morley 440 8273
The Luncheon Club Elaine Stafford 486 0896
Wine and Food Val Miller 439 5751

*Sub- Committee


  • Contact details for Club Officials and the Editor are inside the front cover.


  • If you would like any information about joining any of the above groups or helping the committees then please do not hesitate to ring the Secretary shown above for more information.









Sat 16th Gardening Coffee morning & Christmas table decorations competition MAIN HALL 10:00
Weds 20th Dancing Section Christmas party UPPER HALL 20:00
Weds 20th The Luncheon Club- Christmas Lunch MAIN HALL 12:30
Thurs 21st Christmas Whist Drive BAR 19:00
Sat 31st New Years Eve MAIN HALL 19:00 for 20:00
Fri 5th Wine & Food: Encore “An evening of chocolate” UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 6th Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 6th 250 Club Draw BAR 11:45
Sun 7th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00
Mon 8th Box Office opens BOX OFFICE 19:00
Thurs 11th Ramblers: Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Fri 12th Wine & Food: Waitrose Wine Evening UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 13th Gardeners Coffee morning MAIN HALL 10:00
Thurs 18th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:00
Fri 19th Travel: Andalucia, the Spanish Pyrenees and Lanzarote – Anna& David Drackley UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 20th Linguists Winter coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Tues 23rd Travel Visit: South Cheshire College TBA TBA






Theatre Production: “Sweet Revenge” MAIN HALL 19:45
Sat 27th Dancing Section Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sun 28th Ramblers: Stroll CAR PARK 10:30
Sat 3rd Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 3rd Gardeners Social Evening MAIN HALL 19:00 for 19:30
Sun 4th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00
Thurs 8th Ramblers: Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Fri 9th Wine& Food – talk & tasting – Cheshire Cheese Company UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 10th Gardening Coffee morning & Spring Show MAIN HALL 10:00
Sat 10th Dancing Section Valentines Dance MAIN HALL 19:30
Thurs 15th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:00
Fri 16th Travel VPs evening. Musical event MAIN HALL 20:00
Sat 17th Theatre VPs Social Evening MAIN HALL 19:00
Mon 19th Box Office opens BOX OFFICE 19:00
Fri 23rd Travel: Visit to Wedgewood Complex TBA TBA
Sat 24th Wine & Food Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sun 25th Table Top Sale MAIN HALL 09:00
Sun 25th Ramblers: Stroll CAR PARK 10:30
Sat 3rd Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 3rd 250 Club Draw BAR 11:45
Sun 4th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00






Theatre Production: Dear Lupin MAIN HALL 19:45
Thurs 8th Ramblers: Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Fri 16th Travel: Spring Lunch & Deanwater TBA TBA
Sat 17th Gardeners Coffee Morning MAIN HALL 10:00
Thurs 15th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:00
Thurs 22nd Ramblers: Long Stroll CAR PARK 09:30
Sat 24th Ramblers Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sun 25th Table Top Sale MAIN HALL 09:00
Sun 25th Ramblers:  Stroll CAR PARK 10:30





Brookdale News Deadlines


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June to July 31st May 15th June July to September
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October to Nov 30th September 15th October November to Jan
December to Jan 30th November 15th December January to March