Brookdale News February-March 2018

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1 February 2018


Dear Members,


We hope everyone enjoyed the festive season as we did, it seems to have come and gone in a flash – let’s hope this year’s outbreaks of coughs and colds are coming to an end.

Since the last Brookdale News, Lucy and I have been very busy, it started with attending the production of High School Musical by B.Y.T., it was most impressive to see so much talent in our young members, and we are looking forward to the next show, well done Zoe and team.

The Christmas Fair was well attended and the Club was filled with a variety of stalls provided by each section, thanks to the Social committee and helpers for all their hard work and for the Christmas decorations throughout the club.


We attended the Club quiz where we met two new members, together we enjoyed the evening although our score was very average – you cannot win them all!


Sadly we were unable to attend the Andante concert due to a previous engagement, I believe that the concert was a great success.


We joined the Theatre Visits section to a carol concert at the Bridgewater Hall, the conductor Steven Bell put the audience in good Christmas spirit, and he was most entertaining.

The New Year`s Eve celebration was a really enjoyable evening, a lovely buffet and good entertainment, our thanks go to the Social committee and helpers for all their hard work, it`s not easy arranging entertainment for people with different taste.

Over the last few weeks we have been entertained in so many ways, two Travel Section evenings with interesting speakers and a visit to South Cheshire College including lunch. Two Luncheon Club lunches with interesting speakers. We have enjoyed five coffee mornings chatting and drinking coffee. A Chocolate night with Wine and Food section and also a Wine Tasting evening with excellent food.

At the time of writing we are looking forward to seeing the Theatre Sections production of Sweet Revenge.

Arrangements are being prepared for the Presidents charity events, please see dates for your diary as follows: –

Saturday 19th  May – President`s Evening

Saturday 16th  June – President`s Charity Night.

Saturday 23th  June – Charity Day.



Barry Bryan







Your club urgently needs YOU to volunteer for:


Section Committees

Club Maintenance

Garden Maintenance

Club Table Top Sales

Social Committee

Theatre Sound and Lighting

Bar Work

Club Kitchen Committee

Club General Committee


All Interested parties Please contact members of your section committee


 Kerry Blake Chairman of General Committee: 0161 439 9782


Thank you





The successful applicant will have the ability to appoint a team leader for each of the four or five table top sales held at Brookdale every year.

The Team Leader’s duties and responsibilities are all detailed in the box file, with set-up plans etc., which is checked and updated by the co-ordinator before being passed on.

The co-ordinator ensures that the advertising boards are in position outside the Club prior to the sale, that the Club members responsible for newspaper advertising, and purchasing supplies for the kitchen tea, are aware of the date of the next sale.

The float for the door money is supplied by the Social committee treasurer, who also receives the takings. The co-ordinator is not responsible for taking bookings from stall holders, or collecting their payments.

The reward for this service is the knowledge that the income raised helps to run our Club.

Further details and applications to either  Ray Rodwell – 0161 483 4665 or Jean Tudge 0161 487 1324 or via the Social committee mail box.


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Table Top Sales

Firstly, belated thanks to Gerry Needham and his team for running the October Sale and apologies from your scribe for the omission. The next Table Top Sale is on Sunday 25th February 2018. The telephone number for anyone wanting to book a table is 0161 302 3202. The following sale will be on Sunday 25th March.  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. If anyone feels able to volunteer, you will be most welcome – Jean Tudge – 0161 487 1324.


Christmas Fair 2017

Thanks to all the Sections and members who organised stalls and helped with setting up, clearing up and for their work during the day – there’s a lot of work for many people and we do need and thank you for your support for what is a major fund-raiser for the Club. Thanks also to Alan Streak for acting as MC. This year the total income was £3,872 resulting in a surplus of £2,880 after deducting VAT and expenses.  This was around £300 lower than last year mainly due to a decrease of some £700 (33%) in the income from Stalls offset by no advertising costs this year and a small increase from the Christmas Draw.


New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was attended by nearly 90 members and friends. A cold buffet meal was provided by Bosley Buffets and went down very well. It was followed by tea/coffee and mints. After we had eaten we were very well entertained by Bill Woolland our local comedian with a great repertoire of funny stories and lots of amusing interchanges with his audience.  Thanks are also due to our DJ, Dave Jones, who played a great range of music during the meal and for dancing before and after the midnight chimes of Big Ben. The traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne and exchange of New Year greetings to friends and acquaintances completed an enjoyable evening.

The Social Committee warmly thanks all those who contributed their time and effort to the arranging, setting up and taking down for this event, all done in a happy atmosphere.


Social Committee

We can use some more Committee members, particularly males, as your scribe is one of only three men amongst a number of attractive ladies! How about some input chaps?! Seriously, we do need some more input in arranging our programme, so please consider whether you can help us plan for the future.


Ray Rodwell

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These are held in the Upper hall on the third Thursday each month (apart from September) commencing to play at 7.00 pm.,  admission is £2.00 per person and no partner is needed.  Tea and biscuits are served in the interval (thanks to Christine Pickford) and a raffle is also held.  If you know how to play Whist, why not come and join us – we promise a friendly welcome.

The next dates are Thursdays 15th February, 15th March and 19th April.


250 Club

Anyone wishing to join in the fund raiser for Brookdale, or those wishing to “top-up” their investment can do so at any time, in the knowledge that their number (or numbers) will be included in the next draw.  To join before the March draw, which will be held in the bar at 11.45 am on Saturday 3rd March would cost £6.00 for each number.

The President normally picks three winning numbers and if the winner of the first prize is present in the bar, a bottle of wine is won, in addition to the cheque.

This series of draws, held on the first Saturday of the month will finish with the August draw and a new series will commence in September, information available from Jean Tudge – 0161-487 1324.

The winners in the last draws were:

DECEMBER 1st Betty Nixon JANUARY 1st Kerry Blake
2nd Jean Tudge 2nd Jean Tudge
3rd Audrey Youngman 3rd Alan Watson


Jean Tudge

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Sections News (in alphabetical order)



Thanks to all of you who battled the horrible weather to attend our December concert and still managed to sing along with gusto!  The five soloists Sheena Anderson, Tommy Farrell, Richard Jolley, Joan Sharp and Bob Wallman were really well received and all of us joined in with Mel Owen playing piano to sing some familiar carols.  The choir as usual sang a good number of songs arranged by Alan Streak our Musical Director and again they were very popular. Thanks again to Ron Clare for the lighting and sound management.

The whole evening was Peter Stafford’s Vice President’s night when he entertained VPs from all other sections. Thanks to Carole and Brian Taylor for welcoming them all before the concert to meet and chat over a few nibbles and drinks, whilst Dorothy Woodall, Joyce Coleman and volunteer Judith Berry sold raffle tickets to our keen audience as they entered the building.   Elaine Stafford and Sheilah Mullen once again organised the whole choir to set up and decorate the hall and stay at the end to clear up.   Sheilah commended us all for our contribution in staying to the very end until all had been done!  Let’s hope we do the same next year.

The new white scarves with black musical symbols worn by the ladies in the choir were much admired so thanks to choir member Maria Nolan for getting them for us in spite of opposition by a few of us.   Apologies to Maria for doubting her judgement.

Carol Streak with the help of Barbara Needham and Diane Bowker supplied and served the refreshments as usual and they were much appreciated.

We have started now to practice for the coffee morning which will be in the Lesser Hall starting at 10:30 on Saturday 21st April.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

On a sad note we were all sorry to learn that Iris Kirk passed away early in January.   She put up a good fight for many months.   Sheena Anderson visited her regularly with gifts of freshly baked cakes including scones which were Iris’ favourite food.   They spent many an hour discussing their memories of childhood during the war and comparing their lives since then.  Iris really enjoyed those conversations.  Iris organised our sheet music for a number of years before her illness. She did in fact introduce a few of us to the choir for which we are grateful and she often organised outings to various theatres.  Especially loved were visits to the Royal Northern College of Music to see musicals and hear recitals.  She even took a few of us to see the making of a couple of episodes of the TV show Mastermind hosted by John Humphrys at Granada studios (even though they were shown on the BBC2!).  Iris has been and will be sorely missed. RIP

Anne Groome


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Hello Everyone,  can I wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year.  I hope you all enjoyed the festive break.

Now 2018 is upon us, can you remember all those New Year resolutions you made? For example maybe joining an Art Group?  Can you imagine all that talent waiting to burst out, you could become the next Van Gogh (we also provide an ear removing service on a Wednesday afternoon).

Just pop along on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 9.30am and 12 noon and meet our friendly artists.  For less than the price of a Cappuccino you can have a whole lot of fun.

As you know we held our first Art Exhibition in October which was a great success.  We have received may glowing comments from members of the public and people within the Brookdale Club.

The planning has already started for our next exhibition to make it bigger and better, if that’s possible.  With everyone’s help how can we fail?

Our first focus day of the year took place on Tuesday16th and Wednesday 17th January, painting without a brush was the theme, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

It’s amazing the impression you can make with your foot (excuse the pun).  There were people using bits of sticks, cotton wool, plastic forks, the list is endless.  There were some very positive comments.  I am sure we will do it again.

The next focus days are Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th February when we will be drawing hands.

It’s something we are looking forward to so we can test our skills.


Friday 2nd March is our Annual lunch at the Deanwater Hotel, if you have not booked yet you need to hurry.

To anyone who is feeling under the weather, we hope you are soon on the mend.


Joe Sambrook


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Another Indoor bowling season is drawing to the end and we have had well attended sessions with several new members.

The Indoor competition will take place on Sunday 22nd February and the result will be in the next issue of the Brookdale News.

We will be organising a working party to prepare the outdoor green, prior to the start of outdoor bowling. The first bowl will be delivered by the President, in April.  Volunteers for the tidy up will be very welcome so please give your name and telephone number to a committee member.  Watch the notice board for confirmation of the starting date.

The Bowling section coffee morning will take place on the Saturday 10th March beginning at 10.30am with the usual table quiz.  We hope lots of our section members will be able to attend.

On Sunday 22nd April we are off on our annual jaunt to play indoor bowls at Prestatyn.  The arrangements are slightly different this year with the main meal being at 5.00pm and a sandwich at lunchtime.  We will be leaving Prestatyn at around 6.30pm so we will, hopefully,miss the worst of the rush hour.


Carol Streak


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The Christmas celebrations are well and truly over and we are all getting back in to our normal routines. Our Christmas Bridge drive was very well attended and great fun was had by all.  Thank you to Ros Moorhouse, Wendy Joyce and their team for organising this.  Our next planned event is the Lunch on Saturday 10th February

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Beryl Cox who died recently. Beryl was a long standing and enthusiastic member of the bridge section who played frequently at several weekly sessions. She will be sadly missed.

Following their house moves away from the Brookdale area, thank you letters have been received from both Dawn Hodgkinson and from Jane and Harry Hadfield, both letters are pinned on the notice board in the main corridor.

Now for a bridge teaser:

Answer next time.



Bridge player: Do you play M U D?

New partner:   No, I’ve never heard of it.

Bridge player: Then what do you lead from three small cards?

New partner:   I’m not sure. Fourth best I guess!


Let’s look forward to Spring!


Sue Still


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The Section started the Christmas celebrations in fine style with their usual Christmas Party, which was a most enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Dennis Hill for providing a suitably seasonable mix of music and to our committee and their helpers for their work in organising the event.

Our winter Coffee Morning was well attended by the usual suspects, and there was much chatter as well as the consumption of large amounts of coffee and numbers of biscuits! Thanks to our waiters, whose white shirts and black ties have become a feature of these occasions, and to our committee and all those who helped organise the morning.

By the time you read this, we will have held our Valentines Dance, so a report on the evening next time.

Looking ahead, our next Saturday dance will be the Spring VPs Dance on Saturday14th April. Further details of this will be on the Notice Board as soon as possible, and in the next News, so – watch this space!


David Greenfield


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In the Garden

Weather permitting Maureen Walsh and Brenda Jones can now be seen lovingly tending our Brookdale garden. It is our cue that it is now time to take stock and plan ahead.  The gardening season officially begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st and when planning for the year ahead my philosophy has always been a man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of.

Maintenance may not be the most glamorous job but it has to be done in winter when the garden is a skeleton of its usual self and it is much easier to reach the bits that need attention.

Once done we can welcome the first bulbs, catkins and early flowers making a cautious debut.

Indoors Plants

As growth slows reduce watering frequency and move them to sunny south facing windowsills to make the most of wan winter daylight. After the winter some house plants may not look their best. Examine them carefully to decide whether they can be rejuvenated by treatment during the coming spring or whether they are better discarded and replaced.

As highlighted by Maureen at our last coffee morning greenhouses and conservatories should be ventilated on mild days to reduce diseases such as Botrytis.



Your Gardening Section


With approximately 200 members the activities of the Gardening Section are varied, being made up of Coffee Mornings combined with competitions and a variety of summer outings which are made each year to places of gardening interest.  These have proved to be very popular.


The annual Bulb Show, Rose Show, Flower Show and Home Grown Show have proved to be very popular with our members, who are encouraged to exhibit.


Monthly Coffee Mornings are held throughout the year.  Members meet to enjoy a chat over coffee and biscuits.  There is also a raffle, and plants donated by members are sold.


A ‘Rose Cup’ is awarded annually to the grower of ‘The Best Rose in Show’ and at the end of the year the ‘Gardeners Cup’ is awarded to the highest points winner from all the above shows.


New Members are always welcome.



Saturday 16th December – Coffee morning with mince pies and traditional Christmas Table Decoration Competition.

The number of entries to the “Christmas Table Display Competition” was disappointing this year however those judged were very attractive. For the second year the worthy winner of the competition was Val Gray. The Club President Barry Bryant was most entertaining; our Chairperson Maureen gave good gardening advice and Kath Potts our VP gave an interesting and entertaining talk.  Conversation, tea and coffee flowed in abundance and the mince pies were delicious.

Saturday 13th January – Coffee Morning

Our Coffee morning was well attended. The table flower displays were much admired by our members.  Kath Potts our VP gave an interesting and entertaining talk on “You should be careful for what you wish for “when she recounts a casual remark to her husband which unbeknown to Kath encourage him to buy a “Bomb site” next to their property as a present and how it has been her lifetime toil to convert it into a beautiful garden. This was followed by our President Barry who entertainingly admitted to his woes when growing potatoes and onions the results when raised were smaller than the original seed potatoes and union sets.  If it is any consolation Barry we have all been there.



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


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?

Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am

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

Friday 4th May VP Evening.  Details will be announced at the Coffee Mornings and at the Notice Board.

Thursday10th May Gardening Section AGM in the Upper Hall – 8.00pm

Saturday 26th May Coffee Morning in the Main Hall – 10.00am.

Saturday 9th June Coffee Morning and Rose Show in the Main Hall – 10.00am

It is nice to welcome back George Wilson after illness and to wish Sue Greenhough a speedy recovery after her recent fall.

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


David Evans              From the potting shed


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It was good to see so many familiar faces at the Coffee morning in January, and the event was a great success. Many thanks to our committee and to those who rallied to the flag to help organise this very enjoyable morning.

There is no news of any further Linguists’ events, so for anyone not familiar with the section, 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 program is varied by occasional sessions playing word games of all kinds. If this might interest you, please phone Jean Harrington on 0161-456 8761 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              Hilary Lightfoot   0161-286  9405


David Greenfield


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Ramble 11th January

Leaders: Alan Booth and Kim Apthorpe

7 Seven brave souls faced a cold, dull January day to walk from Windlehurst Road following the canal to Nelson’s Pit, then climb up to Lyme Park and back again via Middlewood Way. (Approx. 5-6miles)

A pleasant meal in convivial company was had afterwards at the Horse Shoe public house.

Stroll: Sunday 28 January 2018  Woodbank Park.

Leaders: Alan Barker and Tony Cummings

The weather was cool, dry and overcast. Ten strollers set off from the Woodbank Park car park up the main drive to the Vernon Park cafe.  We circled around the rose garden, through the trees and followed the main drive to Woodbank Hall.  There were quite a lot of people about, most walking small dogs, or so it seemed.  We paused in front of the old hall for a few minutes before heading off for a look at the duck pond near the West Gate.  Several patches of snowdrops on the grassy banks made a lovely scene.  We headed back past the playground to the Vernon Park cafe for a cup of tea.  Lunch at the Puss in Boots was excellent.

Distance 2 miles.

Please put the date of our Coffee Morning in your Diary

Saturday 24th March at 10.30am in the Upper Hall

We look forward to seeing you.


Rita Chadwick


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Well, did you guess “who dunnit”?  I didn’t!  Despite some technical hiccups on the first night of Sweet Revenge, the cast rose to the challenge admirably and the rest of the week went without a hitch.  It was great to see three new faces on stage and we hope the experience has inspired them for future seasons.  The background scenery, glimpsed through the windows, was expertly painted by another new member, Laden Wright, who has very much enjoyed her involvement in her first theatre production.  This complemented a first class set once more provided by Theatre Workshop.  Thanks also to Jean Cox, the Director, and as always to everyone else involved in any way.

Don’t forget it’s our VP Alan Streak’s social event on Saturday 17th February 2018 – this time there is a nautical theme as the singer, Jayne Curry, is a favourite cruise entertainer.  Why not dress accordingly – from first mate to First Class – anything goes!  The booking form was in the last newsletter but copies can be found all over the Club.  Why not meet your friends in the bar around 7pm ready to sit down for a delicious hot meal at 7.30pm.

Our next production of this season is Dear Lupin 7th-10th March 2018.  Rehearsals are well underway for this and going very well indeed.  Dear Lupin is a true story of the relationship between father and son, Roger and Charlie Mortimer, told in the form of Roger’s touching, often hilarious and always generous letters to his son.  Sit back and be entertained, the booking form is enclosed.


Next Season


Next season’s productions have already been announced!  There will be a social get-together on Friday 23rd February 2018 in the Lesser Hall starting at 8.00pm.  Come along and meet next season’s directors, hear a synopsis of each production and an outline of the characters.  New members who have shown an interest in the Theatre section are also invited to this evening; they will have an opportunity to meet and chat with members who represent the various ‘facets’ of Brookdale Theatre.

The productions for season 2018/19 are:

Father’s Day (comedy 2 men, 2 (females) by Eric Chappell

Production dates: 3rd – 6th October 2018

Read through: Monday 7th May 2018


The Sound of Music (BYT musical)

Production dates: 19th – 24th November 2018


Murder Weapon (thriller 4 men, 2 females) by Brian Clemens

Production dates: 23rd – 26th January 2019

Read through: Tuesday 8th May 2018


Entertaining Angels (play 1 man, 4 females) by Richard Everett

Production dates: 6th – 9th March 2019

Read through: Monday 14th May 2018

Sweet Charity (musical show)

Production dates: 29th April – 4th May 2019

Audition dates: Monday 30th April, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd May (as required)




Please note that any requests for CDs of photos from all recent productions can be sent to Iain Dickinson ([email protected]).  He intends to charge £5 per CD to cover the cost of producing them and he hopes to be able to do some shortly.

The Theatre Committee still has a vacancy with effect from May for the position of Hon Secretary.  If you’re interested in knowing more about this role – currently being carried out by Sylvia Dennis – please feel free to get in touch with her ([email protected]).  You could even attend some Committee meetings prior to May to get a feel for the job, without committing yourself.


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Theatre Visits

We are looking forward to visiting the Lowry to see ‘ART’, starring Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson.

There are still a few places available.  The date is Tuesday 27th March , the cost is £37 and we shall be leaving the Brookdale Club at 5.45pm

The result of the questionnaire we circulated shows that everyone prefers to travel by coach and thought the trips were excellent value.  As expected, we had mixed voting for different entertainments so we shall continue with our aim to choose a variety of musicals, plays, concerts etc. to appeal to as many people as possible.


Vivien Whittaker


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The year ended with a very enjoyable traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. We were entertained by Sue Holden who talked to us about what Christmas meant to her whilst creating a beautiful illuminated floral, festive display which she then donated as a raffle prize.

To start off the new year Howard Green gave an illustrated talk about Bramall Hall through the Ages. He made us realise how lucky we are to have such a treasure on our doorstep.  January also saw our new Treasurer David Smith pick up the baton from previous Treasurer Neville Nixon.

Neville had been Treasurer of both Walrus and the Luncheon Club and he retired at the end of December after many years of dedicated service. We would like to express our gratitude to him for all his hard work.

Although retiring as our Treasurer, Neville is remaining on the committee and we look forward to his continued valued contributions.


Our future events are as follows:

Wednesday 21st   February    Helen Slater         Working as a Nanny to the Saudi Royal Family

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


If you would like to attend one of our lunches just sign the list on the Luncheon Club notice board and come along.

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month in the main hall.


Elaine Stafford


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Friday 15th December 2017 was a poor night to venture out.  However 29 members arrived for the Travel club evening and we believe that they found it worthwhile. The scheduled speaker was unable to attend due to illness of her husband.  Her place was kindly taken by an old favourite, Tony Redford.  This was a seasonal presentation covering North America and parts of Canada.  It started at Seattle and travelled to Bannack (the old ghost town), the Yellow stone National Park and the Rockies.  We saw elk, moose and geysers. We then headed North  to the Canadian Glacier National Park. Next to Banff and Jasper.  Then finishing at Vancouver.  A beautiful presentation.

Friday 19th.January. Yet another cold and wet Friday evening.  However David and Anna Drackley put on a miscellany of entertainment . It covered Andalucia, the Spanish Pyrenees, Lanzarote, Granada and even Finland.  All showing the adventures that they had experienced over many years.  The  evening finished with a repeat of the beauty of  the Aurora  Borealis over Lapland.  We thank them for a fine evening.  It is good to see Anna recovering from her recent illness.

Our latest outing was  Tuesday 23rd January. to the South Cheshire Catering College in Crewe. 45 members attended.  Here we were well looked after by students.  We arrived at a large and attractive restaurant and were greeted by very smart and pleasant  staff.  The three course meal was of good quality and was completed with coffee.  The staff were congratulated  for  their endeavour.


Future Meetings:-

*Please note that the trip to Wedgewood has been postponed until April *  (see below)

Friday 16thFebruary   is a Very Special Travel VP’s Musical Evening.  Titled   – ‘These I have loved’ . Bryan Lingwood and family members, Neil, Sebastian, Alexandra  and Simon,  will be presenting songs from a number of musicals . Also Judy  Hyde and Kat Rawlinson will be joining them.  This should be a great evening.  Tickets are available , priced at £4 00 , from Bryan on Tel. No.  439 3181 and Eileen Hill   Tel. No.  437 4346

Friday 16th March. Travel Spring Lunch at the Deanwater Hotel  12.30 for  1.00 p.m.     Contact Margaret  Baron  Tel .No. 428 3832

Tuesday 17th. April  Visit to the Wedgewood Complex.  Details to follow.

Friday 20th. April  Evening presentation. ‘Where America Began’ by Ray Broadhurst.        20.00hrs in Upper Hall.

Friday 18th. May .     A.G.M. 20.00hrs in Upper Hall

June.   3 hour cruise on the Shropshire Union Canal from Norbury Junction.   N.B.  the date has yet to be confirmed.

July.  Visit to Rufford Old Hall and  Marton Mere.   N.B. the date has yet to be confirmed.


We are hoping for good support in all of these ventures!

Our Committee member, John Best is expecting to go into hospital for an operation at the end of January. We wish him well for a speedy recovery.


John Roden.


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Chocolate evening: This ‘encore’ was a great improvement on the last one. Mr Simon Dunn the Chocolatier himself was at the front describing and explaining how he has built up the business, sources the chocolate and creates the products we were allowed to sample including some delicious truffles. There was also improved visual and hearing facilities for the audience making this a very enjoyable evening.

Waitrose Wine Evening: A successful, ‘tasteful’ evening with the same very good presenter (John, from Waitrose) as on a previous occasion. Thanks to Sue Khouri for some imaginative snacks to match the South American theme.


Future events for your diary:

Friday 9th February. Cheese and Wine evening. This will be ‘cheesy’ evening in the nicest way possible. Come along and sample, and with some informative clues, guess the type of cheeses offered. But beware. Is the information true – or false? There will of course be some appropriate wines to match these tasty treats so tickle your tastebuds and pamper your palette. £7.00. Pay at the door in the Upper Hall. Starts at 8.00 but do join us first for a drink in the Bar at 7.30pm.

Saturday 24th February.10.30am. Our first coffee morning ever. We’d better do it well then. As well as the usual coffee and biscuits you may, (if you want one that is) have a toasted crumpet. Just order one at the door. Do join us – if only to encourage us.

Friday 23rd March. Gin Palace Party. There will be five types of gin for you to sample. Methinks this could be fun! The presenter will also talk about how these are made. There will also be an assortment of canapés to taste; all made by the members of our talented committee so this should be an enjoyable evening. £6.00. Pay at the door of the Upper Hall but join us first for a drink in the Bar.

Friday  13th April. Elvis is in the Brookdale Building.

He’s here again so he definitely isn’t dead (and someone saw him in Sainsburys last week) This is our Vice President, Roger Salt’s Evening and it promises to be a good one with the hip thrusting, arm swinging, ostentatiously dressed singer and entertainer, Robert Morris. Last time he nearly took the roof off with his rock songs, silkily crooned to some adoring ladies and was generally a tremendous hit inspiring dancing and singing in abandonment! There will be Southern States themed food served (2 courses so come hungry) and US type beer available in the Bar. Starts at 8.00 but hope to meet you in the Bar earlier. Don’t miss it. Fill in the insert in this edition and return it to Catriona Bracewell in the Wine and Food pigeon hole with a cheque for £17.50 and a SAE.

Friday 11th May. AGM. Upper Hall. Time TBA


Ingrid Halls


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



Mrs Kamal  Basran Mr John Clarke Mr Paul Higgs
Mrs Cecillia Hunt Mrs Anita Ireland Mrs Linda Jackson
Mr Allan Jordon Mr Pratap Kanani Mrs Norma Kelly
Dr Joanne Morris Mrs Bharati Mulchand Mrs Neerja Sethi
Mr Alan Southworth Mrs Ann Wood Mr Graham Wright
Mr Ashton Keeping



Mrs Valerie McGuigan Mrs Catherine Halpin



Mr Roger Grimes Mr Harvey Dickinson




Mr Dinesh Ganatra Mrs Carol Halford Mr Vijay Kotecha
Mr Geoffrey Robertshaw Mr Ramesha Somaia
Adam Solaiman



Mrs Iris Kirk


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Andante send their condolences to Iris Kirk’s friends and family.  She was a conscientious member of the choir and introduced a few grateful members to singing.

Many happy returns to Bob Hopkinson who will be celebrating his 80th birthday on the 15th March from the bowling Section.

The Dancing Section send best wishes to Ray Rodwell, who celebrates his 80th birthday in February, and who has recently joined our section. Keep dancing, Ray!

Gardeners send their congratulations and best wishes to Irene Sinton who celebrating her 90th Birthday on 31st January.

The Linguists’ Section send their very best wishes to Ray Rodwell, who reaches the age of 80 on 22nd February. Also, many thanks to Ray for all the hard work he has done for the Section and the Club as a whole over the years.

Theatre send congratulations to Alan and Maureen Elsey who celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary recently and to Irene Sinton whose 90th birthday was on 30th January.  Theatre also send best wishes to Edna Prophet and Sheila Middleton who have both been under the weather lately.

Theatre send best wishes to Sue Greenhough following her nasty fall. We understand she’s broken her collar bone!

The Wine and Food Section hope all goes well for Valerie and David Brook in their forthcoming move to their new home and wish them many happy years together.

Chris Cameron died peacefully on 15th December 2017.  She was aged 102 and 11 months!  With husband Alec they were members of several section for about 25 years from the 1970s onwards.  Although unaware of this in the last few years, she previously had many happy memories of that time.

Congratulations to Alan and Maureen Elsey who celebrated their Diamond wedding on New Year’s day.  They are both members of the Bowling Section.

The Social Committee send Congratulations to Ray Rodwell who celebrated his 80th birthday in January.

Chris Cameron died peacefully on 15th December 2017.  She was aged 102 and 11 months!  With husband Alec they were members of several section for about 25 years from the 1970s onwards.  Although unaware of this in the last few years, she previously had many happy memories of that time.

Congratulations to Alan and Maureen Elsey who celebrated their Diamond wedding on New Year’s day.  They are both members of the Bowling Section.

The Social Committee send Congratulations to Ray Rodwell who celebrated his 80th birthday in January.


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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. 




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
Weds 21st Luncheon Club MAIN HALL 12:30
Thurs 22nd Indoor bowling competition JUBILEE ROOM 13:00
tba 23rd Travel: Visit to Wedgewood Complex TBA TBA
Fri 23rd Theatre Get-together for next Season LESSER HALL 20:00
Sat 24th Wine & Food Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sun 25th Table Top Sale MAIN HALL 09:15
Sat 3rd Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 3rd 250 Club Draw BAR 11:45
Sun 4th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00
Sun 4th Ramblers: Stroll CAR PARK 10:30






Theatre Production: Dear Lupin MAIN HALL 19:45
Sat 10th Bowling Section Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:00
Thurs 8th Ramblers: Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Thurs 15th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:00
Fri 16th Travel: Spring Lunch at the Deanwater TBA 12:30 for 13:00
Sat 17th Gardeners Coffee Morning MAIN HALL 10:00
Weds 21st Luncheon club MAIN HALL 12:30
Thurs 22nd Ramblers: Long Ramble 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
Sun 1st BAR QUIZ BAR 20:00
Fri 6th Bowling trip to Prestatyn See noticeboard
Sat 7th Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 7th 250 Club Draw BAR 11:45
Mon 9th Box Office opens BOX OFFICE 19:00
Thurs 12th Ramblers: Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Sat 14th Gardeners Coffee morning MAIN HALL 10:00
Sat 14th Dancing /section VPS Spring Dance MAIN HALL TBA
Tues 17th Visit to Wedgewood Complex TBA TBA
Fri 6th Bowling Section at Prestatyn
Weds 18th Luncheon Club MAIN HALL 12:30
Thurs 19th Open Whist  Drive UPPER HALL 19:00
Fri 20th Travel: Where America began – Ray Broadhurst UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 21st Andante Coffee morning LESSER HALL 10:30
Sun 22nd Ramblers: Stroll CAR PARK 10:30






Theatre Production: My Fair Lady









Thurs 26th Ramblers: Long Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Fri 4th Gardeners VP evening UPPER HALL TBA
Sat 5th Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 5th 250 Club draw BAR 11:45
Sun 6th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00
Thurs 10th Ramblers: Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Thurs 10th Gardening Section AGM UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 12th Social Committee Coffee morning MAIN HALL 10:30
Sun 13th Table Top Sale MAIN HALL 09:15
Fri 18th Travel AGM UPPER HALL 20:00
Weds 21st Luncheon Club MAIN HALL 12:30
Thurs 17th Open Whist Drive UPPERHALL 19:00
Tues 22nd Social Committee AGM TBA TBA
Thurs 24th Ramblers: Long Ramble CAR PARK 09:30
Thurs 24th Theatre AGM UPPER HALL 20:00
Sat 26th Gardeners Coffee morning MAIN HALL 10:00
Sun 27th Ramblers: Stroll CAR PARK 10:30
Sat 2nd Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30
Sat 2nd 250 Club draw BAR 11:45
Sun 3rd Bar Quiz BAR 20:00
Sun 3rd Andante Charity Concert MAIN HALL 15:00
Sat 10th Gardeners Coffee morning MAIN HALL 10:00
Weds 20th Luncheon Club: Afternoon Tea MAIN HALL TBA
Thurs 21st Charity Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:00
Sat 26th


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