Brookdale News – Feb / Mar 2014

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December 2013

Dear Members


I would like to start by wishing all Brookdale members, and their families, a happy and healthy New Year.

Since my last letter Joan and I have attended many functions on the lead up to Christmas and we have been made very welcome by everyone.

On Tuesday 10th December we attended the Digital Photography VP’s evening where we were first well fed in the Lesser Hall with a very enjoyable buffet and then moved into Main Hall for an interesting talk about Bramhall in Victorian times.  This was followed by a photography quiz.

On Thursday 12th December  I joined 16 intrepid Ramblers for a walk around Wilmslow and Styal woods. It never stopped raining!  But it was still a very pleasant morning.  We were entertained at the Wine and Food section Christmas party on Friday 13th .  Some of the games were quite challenging ie: the parcel wrapping competition.  This was won by Harry Pickford who cleverly disguised a coat hanger!

The next night we attended the Andante VP’s evening.  This consisted of a meal followed by an excellent concert.  The extra rehearsals had really paid off.  It was superb.  Well done to everyone in the choir and to Alan Streak the Musical Director.    The following afternoon we were invited to attended the BYT Christmas concert in the Main Hall.  This was very well attended by parents and relatives, and the children received a well deserved standing ovation.

On Wednesday 18th December it was time for the Walrus Christmas lunch, which was delicious. This had been prepared  by Ian Milne of Blenheim Catering and it was his last meal for the Walrus, as he was soon off to spend his retirement in Spain. Bryan Lingwood presented Ian with a watercolour painting of Brookdale Club as a thank you for all he has done for Brookdale. This was then followed by an interesting illustrated talk by Brian Hallworth featuring memories from 1945 to 1960

The next event was New Years EveThe social committee had booked Ian Milne from Blenheim Caterers to prepare his last ever meal for the Brookdale and what an excellent meal it was.  The comedian Bill Woolland was very entertaining and kept everyone in high spirits until the DJ took over at 10.30pm.  He played a good variety of music and kept everyone dancing on the floor continually until 1am.  The New Year was let in the usual way with a good rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” a good night was had by all.

On Wednesday 8th January we went with the Theatregoers to the Lowry theatre to see a fabulous performance of “War Horse”. This was a very emotional play and superbly staged, there was not a dry eye in the house and it ended with a standing ovation.

This was Peter and Sybil Browne’s and Elsie McCaskill’s finale after 15 years organising the Theatregoers.  What a great play to finish on.  We now welcome Ian and Vivien Whittaker who will carry on the good work.

We had a practical demonstration of Cupcake decorating at the Wine and Food evening on Friday 10th January, this was an interesting demonstration with plenty of good hints and tips.  The following morning was the Caracamp coffee morning where I was very well represented by Joyce Cocker our Club VP, as I had a long standing engagement outside of Brookdale. On the 15th we attended another Walrus lunch followed by a very interesting talk called “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. I presented the prizes at the Whist evening on Thursday 16th January The next evening we were entertained by the Travel section to an “American Experience” where we were shown slides of places not normally shown in travel brochures.  The following morning was the Gardeners coffee morning. Another packed house, this time in the Upper Hall.

On Saturday 25th January, Robbie Burns day, I attended the Linguist’s Scottish coffee morning and sampled shortbread biscuits with my coffee.  In the evening we attended the final night of the play, “When We Are Married “  An excellent play, superbly acted and staged.  My congratulations to all who were involved.  We have also attended the Bowling Section annual lunch and the Caracamp annual lunch.  Both were very relaxing afternoons in good company and excellent meals.

On a sad note, I have attended the funerals of, Geoff Hooley, Yolande (Andy) Turner, Patrick Gardner and Noel Clark.


Dates to note in your diaries. 

President’s Evening this year will be on Saturday 17th May.  Invitations will be in the April Brookdale News. The Charity Day will be on Saturday 21st June and my charity is the Stockport branch of the Samaritans.  The evening entertainment will be on Saturday 28th June.

Best wishes to all our members who have been unwell or have had hospital treatment recently.  We hope to see you back at Brookdale again soon.


Ron Clare


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A Forum has been arranged for Tuesday 8th  April 2014 at 8 pm in the Upper Hall

All members of the Club are invited to attend.

Should there be any items Members wish to discuss please would give written detail to Carole Taylor via the Hon. Club Secretary’s box giving their name and the matter for attention.


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New Year’s Eve

What a super evening this was. We had a fantastic team of willing and competent folk working towards this, many of whom not even on the Committee, so many, many thanks to all those involved. They certainly pulled out all the stops for this one. A special thanks to our Chairman, Carole Streak for co-ordinating everything and carrying out ideas in such a positive spirit. Bleinheim Caterers provided a first class meal and the DJ and comedienne went down well too. A very successful evening.

Ashton on Mersey Showband. Sunday 16th March. 7.30pm

Sadly all tickets are now sold. I am sure we will be seeing them again in the future so better luck next time if you missed out. This will be very strictly a ‘tickets only event’due to the individual seating booking arrangements. So do please bring your tickets.


Table top Sales

Sunday 6th April at 9.15am. Organiser needed

To book a table please telephone 0161 439 0606.

Social Committee AGM: Tuesday, 20th May. 2.30pm. Lesser Hall.

Vice Presidents’ Evening: Saturday 20th September 2014

Just two days after the Club AGM on Thursday18th September. A bit early to be mentioning these I hear you say, but you may want to put them in your diary.


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Our open whist drives are held on the third Thursday each month.  We meet in the upper hall, and play commences at 7.30 pm. Admission is £2.00 per person,, no partners needed, and includes tead and biscuits in the interval.  There are five Whist prizes and also raffle prizes to be won.

Harry Pickford tells me that he had Dennis hope to resume Whist training sessions in the bar on Thursday evenings, between our playing dates when available.

The next Whist drives will be held on Thursdays 20th February, 20th March, 17th April and 15th May.  Please come and join us for a friendly game.


250 CLUB

This is a fund raising activity for Brookdale.  Members can join at any time.  The 250 Club runs from September to August, so anyone join during the year would not pay the full £12.00, but would deduct £1.00 for each monthly draw which had taken place.  It is held in the bar at 11.45 am on the first Saturday each month, normally following the Theatre coffee morning, when the President hands cheques to the winners.

The winners for the last draws were:

DECEMBER 1st Mary Collins JANUARY 1st Sheila Watson
  2nd Audrey Youngman   2nd Angela Cowap
  3rd Dieter Salden   3rd Joan Smith



If any member find difficulty in reading the standard copy of the “Brookdale News” and would prefer to receive the large copy.  Please contact Jean Tudge, either at Brookdale, or on 0161 439 1324.


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I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Thank you to   George and Hazel Wilson for the December Quiz and  to Ray Wood and company  for the January one. We really enjoyed them both.

The February quiz will be in the hands of the Theatre-goers so we expect Drama!!

On Sunday 2nd March  we shall have Arthur and Sheila Watson, bless them, doing both quiz and refreshments. We look forward to that. And also to Sunday 6th April when Bryan Lingwood has volunteered to take care of that quiz.


Please remember, if you cannot do your Bar Duty, to find

a replacement from among  the other stewards or your friends who have done it before.

We await the Budget before making any adjustments to our prices.

Please, if you use the Bar for any function, do leave it neat and tidy and return your glasses to the bar before leaving, and let us know if you need to order wine etc by filling in the form which is kept in the store-room. Thank you.


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Sections News (in alphabetical order)


Thanks to all of you who supported our concert on Saturday 14th December. We had some lovely feed back afterwards which made all the practising beforehand so worth while. President Ron Clare gave us a thumbs up for our new costumes, pink sashes over black attire, pink bowties for the men, organised by our VP Elaine Stafford and Audrey Bruckshaw. There were many positive comments about our performance and the choice of songs, mainly jazz classics which most of the audience knew well. They were chosen by our choir master Alan Streak, and thanks to him for giving up his time for two practices a week. Also thanks to Melvyn Owen for stepping in when Alan was otherwise engaged.

The food was a real success; cold buffet on each table organised very kindly by Carol Streak and her team from the social committee. Much appreciated by all.

Iris Kirk was singled out for her continued efforts to provide everyone with the correct music. Her efforts are much appreciated by us all. And of course thanks to David Smith who organises ticket sales and moneys taken in on choir evenings.

The soloists were well received, Joan Sharp and Sheena Anderson singing and Pam Griffiths playing key board. Unfortunately, Tommy Farrel could not perform his solo due to illness and he was sorely missed in the tenor section. The new arrangements for tenor and bass singers to be placed down the middle of the stage between Sopranos and Altos has made a big difference to the quality of the sound and the audience feed back on that was really encouraging. The audience as usual sang the carols really well and many sang along to some of their old time favourites.

We have celebrated a number of significant birthdays recently. Alan Streak turned 70 and was surprised to be given a gift and speech by Elaine Stafford on the concert night. He celebrated the event with a recent two week Caribbean cruise. Melvyn Owen again stepped in to lead us. Melvyn was also 70 not long after Alan. Carole Taylor has just celebrated her 75th birthday. Of course we ate cake and our renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’ could be heard throughout Brookdale on three choir evenings. Belated birthday wishes go to Joyce Doodson who was 80 in October, who would have believed it?

Always working for us in the background is Sheilah Mullen and our good wishes go to her for a great recovery from her recent operation. She still manages to attend choir in spite of the pain she is experiencing. Our good wishes go to Georgie Carleton who is recovering from major surgery and after weeks of pain is just starting to feel a little better. Also our good wishes go to Pat Dunkerley for a good recovery over the coming months.

We welcomed back two members in January, Anne Allen (alto) and Marjorie Clowes (bass), so good to see them both enjoying the choir again. You too can come and join us!

Our coffee morning, £1.50, will be on Saturday 26th April, put it in your diary, now!


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By the time this “News” arrives we shall have had our demonstration by Jan Cartain on Tuesday 18 February.  Don’t worry if you missed this one we have another one booked for Wednesday 19th March with Glyn Mathews who is an artist, photographer and poet!

Our annual lunch at the Deanwater will be held on Wednesday 5th March, for those interested the menu is available and the tickets are now on sale.

Suggestions will be welcomed for our Summer outing in June and for the watercolour challenge in July


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A belated Happy New Year to all member of the Bowling section.

Bowling Permits:  these are now available ahead of outdoor crown green bowling that takes place on the SMBC green at Bramhall Park.  The first wood of the season will be bowled on Monday 7th April commencing at 1.30 pm.

As you may have heard the cost of permits for the coming season will be £22.00.  Permits are available from the Section treasurer, Barbara Hopkinson on production of passport size photograph and fee (last year’s photograph may be used).

The regular bowlers attend on average 20  sessions during the summer spread over 26 weeks, this equates to roughly to the same fee paid for each indoor session.

Competitors in the indoor bowling competition are requested to arrange their matches as soon as possible to ensure that the schedule runs smoothly.

Prestatyn day out for long mat bowling takes place on Thursday 10th April.  Please enter your name and choice of menu on sheet displayed in the Jubilee room during bowling sessions.  Leaflet also available giving details of departure time etc.

It is noted that tea towels are having to be replaced on a regular basis.  Whilst we are not suggesting that these are being deliberately taken, it is more likely that members are taking the towels home to wash and forgetting to return them.  Please conduct a search of your towels at home to discover it this is the case.

The annual luncheon took place on Sunday 19th January, 63 members were in attendance.  The meals and service were as usual excellent and enjoyed by all.

Future events.  Christine Lant our Vice President will be entertaining V.Ps from other sections on Sunday 16th February.  Normal bowling in the morning and if a few members wish to join the V.P.s for bowls in the afternoon, they may do so

Coffee morning Saturday 15th March and members are reminded that indoor bowling will end on Sunday 6th April and outdoor bowls starts on Monday 7th April.

At time of writing Harry Newton is in hospital with a chest infection and Patrick English is still in hospital with a fractured pelvis.  We wish both a speedy recovery.


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 Sadly, I record the passing of Noel Clark; this lovely man died on 29th. December.  He will be missed by many; we recall his noble devotion to his wife, Nancy, in the years she suffered from terminal cancer. Despite that he never let us down as bridge director and scorer. Who can forget that “foghorn voice” that got our attention, keeping us on the move?  I suspect the pearly gates were rapidly opened, thinking it was the last trump, and there was his Maker to meet him and to  see he was reunited with Nancy. Noel, we thank you..

Dee Kent, after a long illness, died peacefully on 27th  January. This elegant lady, a keen and competent bridge player will long be remembered by her many friends. We offer our condolences to her family.

Phil Gould, after a long lay-off, is back to rubber bridge; we wish her well. Two of our recent hip replacements ladies are smiling now that they are back to the card table.

It’s not too late to remind you of our VP’s Lunch on Saturday 22nd February at 12 noon followed by a Bridge afternoon. The cost is £19.50.

Recent teams of Four evening reveals that Lesley Hubbard’s team (she loves dogs) is nipping at the tail of the Barker four.  I’ve a mind to drop in to William Hill’s to see what odds I can get!!  But now, Monday 20th January, hot of the press, Roew McDonald, that intrepid Scot, has jumped over Lesley and is growling at Barker and his kennel mates.  Tension abounds!


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A highlight of the winter season is a gathering of the Caracamp section for a Sunday lunch outing. This took place once again in January at The Deanwater Hotel,  together with our President Ron and Joan Clare and our longstanding Brookdale friends. We had an excellent meal and thank Sheilah Mullen for organising the event and the Deanwater staff for looking after us!

We were all sorry when our VP Joyce Doodson told us that our chairman, Harry Newton, was having another spell in hospital and hope that by now he is safely home. We also greatly missed having John and Wendy Birch-Jones with us and hope that John will soon be feeling well enough to join us.

Many people will remember Mauvis Miller. She and Duncan were active and supportive caracampers for many years. Mauvis moved from Bramhall sometime ago but it is sad to hear that she has also recently died.

Our two winter coffee mornings will be over by now – we always enjoy the company of members of other sections at these events. There will be a Carachat on Monday March 3rd at 8.00 pm when Elaine Stafford will talk to us on “Witness Support in the County Court”. Soup and crusty bread will be served and, once again, everyone is welcome.

After that the next Big Night coming up is “Joyce’s Jazz Jamboree” on Saturday 29th  March. when the other Vice Presidents will join Joyce for an evening with a locally based band – “Annie’s Saints and Singers”. The evening will start with a hot meal served promptly at 7.30 pm. This promises to be a very popular event so apply soon for your tickets (price £15.00) from:

Joyce Doodson  tel. 292 0197

or    Kerry Blake       tel. 439 9782

It is always good to hear joyful news and Caracamp sends love and congratulations to Laura Bamford who became engaged to Kieran on Christmas Day. Laura has been a member all her life and it has been nice to see her bring Kieran to several of our events, together with Mum and Dad Alison and Mike and brother Peter.

The Carabreak dates for 2014 are as follows, details will appear next time:-

Thursday   24th April –  Tuesday  29th April

                                            Thursday   29th May -    Tuesday  3rd  June

                                             Thursday  3rd  July   -    Tuesday  8th  July 

                                             Thursday  31st July    -   Tuesday  5th August

                                             Thursday  4th Sept.     -  Tuesday   9th September

                                             Thursday  2nd  Oct     -   Tuesday   7th October


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We ended 2013 with a very pleasant Christmas dance in the Main hall on Wednesday 18th December.  Denis Hill put together a good programme of dances with seasonal music and Christmas carols, it was lovely hearing the dancers singing whilst dancing.  The evening ended with members wishing each other “Merry Christmas”.

By the time you read this we will have had out VP.s dance on Wedneday 15th February.  Report in the next Brookdale News.

Our Spring Dance this year is Saturday 12th April when the M.C. is David Hastie.  More information in the next Brookdale News.

Richard Church is to teach the dancers a dance call “Tiffany”, that takes about three Wednesdays.  Good luck dancers

After her successful eye operation we are delighted to have Christine Pickford back dancing with us.  Harry looks much better too.

Arthur Stevens is feeling but Betty is suffering from low blood pressure, we wish them well.  There are other members a little “Under the weather”, we send our best wishes to them.


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One of the more important events of our digital year took place on Tuesday 10th December, when our V.P. Ray Halls and Ingrid were hosts to our club President Ron Clare and Joan, along with the V.P.’s and escorts from the other sections of the Brookdale Club. Following a very enjoyable buffet everyone gathered in the main hall to be entertained to a description of Bramhall in it’s very early days given by Judith Fell, a historian from the local U3A group. After this we struggled to find answers to a who? what ? where? Quiz devised by Ray Halls, ably assisted by some of our more imaginative committee members. Quite a few of us were surprised at how poor we were at observation both in our local area and in identifying everyday objects seen from unusual angles. Our thanks for an excellent evening go to Judith Fell and our hard working committee who provided the buffet food and set up both rooms for this special event. An additional mention and thank you must go to all our members who loaned photographs for our photo display board, which generated a lot of interest and many favourable comments with regard to the high quality of the photographs exhibited.

Do you suffer from light pollution or are you living in an area which has dark sky status? When viewing the night sky, the sodium lighting from towns and cities reflects back off the sky making stars and planets difficult to see and photograph, although a special filter can help to improve the photographic results. Designated dark sky areas such as Exmoor or Snowdonia make viewing and photographing the stars much easier. Steve Warbis from Macclesfield Astronomical Society very ably explained the finer points of star photography to our group in January, giving details about camera accessories and telescope equipment available, and how to use computer software to enhance our photographs, making more stars visible in the finished result. With diagrams, graphs and before and after comparisons, he showed us how an amazing number of stars and galaxies can be seen. Our thanks go to Steve for an instructive and very entertaining evening which all present enjoyed greatly.

Our January photo competition was judged this evening and two pictures were given equal votes, both being the work of Iain Dickinson, so he was awarded equal 1st. place on both counts, well done Iain!! The next subjects for our bi-monthly competitions are :-March “bridges and viaducts” and for May “springtime”.

Future meeting dates for your diaries.

Tuesday 18th February. Black and White photography by Iain Dickinson.

Tuesday 18th March. Introducing the third dimension by Barry Aldous. A series of short videos and AV shows representing 80 years of the development and history of 3-D imaging. This meeting is open to all Brookdale members.

Tuesday 15th April. Further help with using the Picassa photo editing software by Ray Halls.

Tuesday 20th May. Our A.G.M. when we will also have an open forum to discuss and plan our future meetings- what would you like or expect from our Tuesday evenings?


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Two events to report and lots to advertise, so here we go!

The Christmas Coffee Morning created what must surely be an all -time record attendance, including our non-stop committee, of 150 cheery coffeechataholics.. And what a super time we had! Warm mince pies, words, music and laughter, much good gardening advice from Chairperson Maureen Walsh about, for example, hostas and irises with exotic names, Christmas salvias for sale, an offer to transmit members’ gardening queries to the Royal Horticultural Society, and, she said, “we’ve passed the winter solstice, get your winter onions in”. Add  items such as VP Margaret Longden telling us about subjects ranging from Monty Don to clover and the Azores, Club President Ron Clare asking us did we know how Good King Wenceslas liked his pizzas, Mr. David Lythgoe sporting his Father Christmas hat, and then  Francis A. Sinatra, in the prime of his career, wishing us a Merry Little Christmas, and you will know it was indeed a super  time!

The January Coffee Morning was, by force of circumstance, in the Upper Hall, but this was the only exception from our normal mix of good fellowship, good coffee, lively conversation and amusing and helpful remarks from Vice-President Margaret, Chairperson Maureen and Club President Ron. Maureen’s helpful hints were again very varied, ranging from the news that this year’s VP’s Outing will be on Bastille Day to the announcement of future sales of potatoes. There was a very pleasant return to a practice which, a few years ago, made Scribe wonder if the Gardeners might develop a rival to Andante: the singing of Happy Birthday to You.  Altogether,  another very jolly morning.


Coffee Mornings will begin in the Main Hall at 10.00 am on Saturdays 22nd March, 12t. April and 10th May.

Annual General Meeting Thursday 22nd May, 8.00 pm, Upper Hall.

Evening Events in the Upper Hall at 8.00 pm as follows:-

Friday 28th. February

Mrs. Marion Bray

Rhododendrons, Primulas, Orchids and the Dalai Lama

Friday 4th. April

Vice – President’s Evening

Dr. George Beaumont

A Gardener’s World



Rodgers and Hart long ago advised us that ‘ on the first of May, it is moving day ‘. Well, this year’s Visits don’t quite achieve that, but they will  begin with RHS Harlow Carr gardens on Tuesday 6th May (coach leaves the Club at 9.30 am; only necessary expense £ 12.00 for that transport).

Then we shall go on the VP’s Outing to Newby Hall on Monday 14th July,  when the herbaceous borders should be at their best, and to  Abbey Wood Gardens (half day) on Tuesday 19th August. Bookings and further details at Coffee Mornings or from Christine Pickford on 0161 439 1948.


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“Well, so that is that.” We have once again successfully navigated the perilous waters of Christmas and, as I write, we have arrived in the doldrums of January. But we need not be becalmed – the Brookdale is here to ruffle out sails and send us on our way. (You can’t say I don’t get value from a metaphor.)

But first – the Christmas Coffee Morning, which gave us the usual pre-Christmas treats of Stollen and Glühwein and entertainment from the brilliant creative minds of our Section. Well done and thank-you to all those who worked so hard to organize and produce the event.  We have also enjoyed the post-Christmas Winter Coffee Morning, which was held on the morning of Burns’ Night and so celebrated things Scottish, with shortbread to accompany the coffee. There was also an entertainment from Peter Miles on the subject of Burns himself, in which Peter played his harmonica and sang to us. Again, well done Peter and thanks to our hard-working committee.

Our next event for your diaries is the (very) Early Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday 22nd February at 10.30 am in the Upper Hall. I have no further details of this, but no doubt our committee will include some appropriately seasonal item.

With this edition of the News you will find a booking form for our VPs Evening on Saturday 22nd March at 8.00pm in the Main Hall. This event, “Spring Songs”, will be a musical evening with Helen Blake, a local professional singer, and her accompanists who will entertain us with a mixed program of lyrical songs and instrumentals to suit all tastes. In the interval, there will be light refreshments. Tickets are £12 and are sure to sell quickly, so book yours as soon as you can – numbers will be strictly limited.

Returning to my original metaphor, what better way of escaping the January doldrums than to join one of our Language Groups. For the benefit of new members, the aim of the foreign language groups is to reinforce and improve knowledge of the language through discussion, writing, games and similar activities. The groups require a reasonable knowledge of the language concerned, and most have some expert speakers. The English group is for anyone with an interest in the spoken and written language, and its activities are very varied – come and try it! To find out more, do contact the Group Leaders who are:-

FRENCH               Jo Moor                 0161-439-9818

GERMAN             Peter Miles            0161-488-4130

WELSH George  Beaumont              0161-439-5445

ENGLISH             Jean Harrington   0161-456-8761

SPANISH              David Singleton   0161-485-5123



 Our original plan for the December Ramble had to be changed due to very wet weather and bad conditions around Wincle Nr Macclesfield. We decided to do a safer walk of one we knew, and can rely on paths being maintained by the National trust.
We all set off from Lindow Common, to walk a circular route passing the rugby club heading towards Twinnies Bridge, (except for the wrong turn, we took, and 17 Ramblers finished up on the drive of a private house.) On our route before dropping down towards Styal Mill, we stopped to look at the work currently being carried out for a new Hydro Power station on the River Bollin, where they hope to have Salmon returning to the river by 2014. We had a quick break for coffee, by this time, in the pouring rain but luckily, all were able to shelter under a canopy.
We continued up the hill through beautiful woodlands down to the River Bollin, we then continued in a northerly direction crossing over Stone Chapel Bridge enjoying the beautiful landscape. The walk then took us out of the valley passing the local church used by the Greg family, and passing Apprentice House back down to the mill, and over fields back to The Boddington Arms where 17 ramblers had lunch.
Leaders: Shirley & Harry

Note for your diary:-

Saturday 29th March Coffee Morning.

Please join us at 10.30 a.m. in the Upper Hall for Scones, Raffle and Quiz.


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Well, when a full cast was finally achieved after several changes of personnel along the way, there was plenty to celebrate in When We Are Married with its assorted characters and entertaining storyline.  The near sell-out audiences were also delighted by its wonderful set and sumptuous furnishings.  Congratulations to all concerned.  There was a “first” and a “last” involved in this production: it was Peter (Herbert Soppitt) Gaskell’s first appearance on the Brookdale stage – the first of many we hope – and also Bryan Lingwood’s swan song as Director …. or so he says!  Thanks Bryan for all the successes you’ve headed up over the years.

We now look forward to our next production (directed by Bryan’s son Niel): the comedy drama Educating Rita by Willy Russell from Wednesday12th to Saturday 15th March 2014.  This intriguing and funny play follows the relationship between a young Liverpudlian working class hairdresser and a middle-aged university lecturer, over the course of a year.  It promises to be another hit.  Don’t miss it – you will find a booking form in this Newsletter.

Before that, however, members of ALL ages are invited to “dance yourself dizzy with the Disco Diva” AKA  Amanda your VP.  The Skool Daze Disco (and school dinner) is on Saturday 1st March at 7pm and there’s a prize for the best school uniform.  It will be great to welcome back DJ Paul Hazelby and the Pink Banana Roadshow!  Again your booking form is in this Newsletter.

Forthcoming coffee mornings are on Saturday 1st March when we hope to hear details of next season’s productions – and Saturday 5th April.

And finally, members of the Theatre Executive Committee are pleased to welcome their new minutes secretary, Sylvia Dennis, and thank her for her willingness to get involved.


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 Theatregoers (News from “The Old Team”)

By the time you read this we hope those of you who went to see ‘War Horse’ will have enjoyed a great show.  This will have been the final visit  organised by ‘the old team’.  We would like to thank all of you who went on the many trips we organised for the wonderful support you gave us.  We are sure you will give the same support, and a warm welcome, to Vivien Whittaker and her team as they take over the reins of the Theatregoers trips.


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Theatregoers (News from “The New Team”)

Once again, a big thank you to Peter and Sybil Browne, Elsie McGaskill and their team for organising the Theatregoers over many years.  I hope you will find it continues to run as smoothly as before with the new team.

The first event we have organised is called ‘This May Hurt A Bit’ on Tuesday 1st April at the Bolton Octagon.  All places are now booked, but you can add your name to the ‘waiting list’ on the notice board if you think you may like to join us if a place becomes available.

We look forward to seeing the regular members and hope some new faces will join us too.


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 Publicity and ticket committee

I am sure that you all enjoy the variety of productions that the Theatre Section present to you. But are you aware that there is a very small committee called “The Pub and Tick” committee who ensure that you hear all about those productions.  They work hard to produce the posters, programmes, advertise the production and ensure that through the Box office you can purchase your tickets.   This small committee is looking for some additional help, are you that person?  We would like more help in the Box office and for this training will be given and you will not work alone until you  are competent.  We also need someone to help advertise the productions more widely, so that we can use that “fully booked” sign more often.  If you feel that you would like to know more about this committee and perhaps join us then please give the secretary Jean James a ring on 0161 439 8241, or e-mail


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 The red, green and gold stall at the Club Christmas market went very well and our thanks go to all who donated items for us to sell.

On Friday 20th December, we served mince pies as well as biscuits with the tea and coffee after the talk “Something Old something new” but David and Anna Drackley which was about past and recent trips, and climaxed with a slide of the northern lights, which was superb and enjoyed by everyone.

Now we are into 2014 and hope all of you have recovered from the festivities.

On Friday 17th January we had a presentation with slides by John Hill-Wilson about “An American experience”.  This was both humorous and interesting as it was more about the small towns and countryside rather than the big cities.

On Friday 21st February our Vice President will be hosting all the other Section VPs at the talk by George Beaumont (one of our fellow travellers), who has given us presentations in the past which we have all enjoyed.  This time he is taking us “heading north to Norway and the North Cape”.

We move on the Friday 21st March when Brian Hallworth will talk to about “Urban Wildlife”.

On Friday 28th March we have the travel Section Annual dinner.  This occasion is “Dress Optional” and although many gentlemen wear dinner jackets, suits are perfectly acceptable.  We hesitate to advise the ladies on what to wear, but would point out that bikinis should not be worn for this event!

Finally, on Monday 31st March we have an outing by coach to Appleby for a guided tour of the Moot Hall.  After lunch, which is NOT included on this occasion we travel by train to Settle, where the coach will meet us for the homeward journey.  The cost will be £20 per head, including the tour and the the train fare.

On Friday 25th April Trevor Hall will talk to us about “An Asian Odyssey”.

The spring break to Llandudno is from Monday 28th April to Friday 2nd May and is fully booked at the moment, and there is a waiting list for places.

Friday 23rd May we have the Travel section Annual General meeting when all our members are invited to come and inform the committee of all the things they  have done wrong and all the things they have not done that they should have done.

The next issue of the Brookdale news which you will receive about Mid-April will report on some of the above events, but please see “Travel section” on the Club notice board for details of times etc.  Please also see “Forthcoming Events” at the back of this issue.  Our best wishes go to all those in the section who are recovering from or still feeling the effects of ill health.


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 As they say, ‘time waits for no man, and as far as being a scribe for our Brookdale News never a truer word was spoken, for it is this edition we talk about the future and what we can expect of the Spring.2014 has begun well with our first Luncheon taking place on January 15th when we heard an excellent talk by Mr Arthur Cross entitled “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and his experiences of getting to the top of that mountain, which is, of course, the highest in Africa. We also welcomed  our new caterer Paul Penington on the first occasion of his catering for our Lunch.  Paul will be catering for us again on Wednesday 19th February when our main course will be ‘minted Lamb Shanks followed by Ginger Sponge and Custard.  Our Speaker for this Lunch will be Aimee Best who will be travelling from Merseyside to talk to us about a national charity known as ‘The Dogs Trust’ which rescues and saves unwanted Dogs from all over the U.K When speaking to her over the phone she mentioned that last year they

rescued over 17,000 Dogs.


More interesting, varied and excellent speakers are planned for the months ahead and we look forward to receiving your continued support. It is with regret that our numbers seem to have fallen away  just lately and your scribe hears people say that Walrus is for the older Members of Brookdale. That statement is true, but it is a gathering of members who. have ceased an active business life, and in consequence of that many members of Brookdale have reached that age.  So why don’t you give us a try. It really is a most relaxing way to spend a mid-week lunchtime with friends.


All you have to do is sign up for the next Lunch advertised on the Club Notice Board and come along on the day.  Let us hope that we see more of you there very soon.  You will have noticed that no mention has been made of weather this time round. Perhaps it is because we realise how lucky we have been in comparison to those poor folk living  in Somerset. Keep well Spring is just around the corner.


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Happy New Year to those of you we have not seen at our first meeting of 2014.

On Friday 10th January the section enjoyed a Cup cake decorating demonstration .   This was an unusual event for our section, but I can verify you could have heard a pin drop!  Janet gave us lots of tips and produced some lovely designs in only a few minutes from Christening cup cakes to Wedding cake ideas to lion king buns. Fascinating: . Plus we got to taste the finished article.

Our next event is on Valentine’s Day when we will enjoy a Valentine’s Supper, with a three course romantic meal provided by Sandwich heaven.   But if you have not got tickets, priced £15, it’s probably too late!

On  Friday 7th March  we will be hosting a wine tasting by Majestic Wines.  Now conveniently situated in Cheadle Hulme. Entrance will be £5 to cover the cost of wine.

May we wish Georgie Carlton a speedy return to good health after her recent illness, and we hope all our members are looking forward to joining us in the near future.


Dates for your diaries:

Friday 14th  February.…..Valentines Supper

Friday 7th March.……Majestic Wine tasting

April event yet to be confirmed, but it should prove a fun and interesting evening.

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



Mrs Patricia Edmeston Mrs Sheila Fleming Mr James Foster
Mrs Pam Garlick Mrs Barbara Holt Mrs Barbara Oliver
Mr Ronald Pace Mr Grahame Ryder Mr Graham Sharp
Mrs Mary Sharp Mrs Judith Ward  


Miss Hannah Harwood    


Transfer of Introductory Membership to Full

Mrs Catherine Hetherington



Malcolm Alum Paul Almond Betty Harison
Pat Henshall Sandra Irwin Philip Ivory
Val Mitchell-Davies Win Pascoe Betty Rees
Jean Roberts Maureen Rourke Irene Singer
Christine Smith Anne Thompson Verina Wilde



We would like to welcome the following new members to Brookdale.



Mr R Cameron Mr Nicholas Flaherty Mr Peter Gaskell
Mrs Helen Gaskell Mrs Patricia Heathcote Mrs Alison Moxon
Miss Faye Joyce    

Transfer of Introductory Membership to Full

Miss Ruth Gazeley



Mr S Bradbury Mr P Brookman Mr S A Burnet
Miss E Burns Mrs G Davidson Mrs H Dearie
Mr R L Drinnan Mrs S Durdey Mrs M M Gosling
Mr C Grattan Mrs P Grierson-Pye Mr A Hatherall
Mr R Hawkins Mrs A Heyman Miss C Hopkins
Mrs S Howe Mr G Husband Ms C Johnson
Mr J Keats Mr A S Keeping Mrs B Knight
Mrs Y Lomas Mr B McAllister Mr D Moore
Mrs J Moore Mrs V Munday Mrs B Myatt
Mrs M Owen Ms L Davenport-Parkhouse Mr T H Penney
Mrs J Pilkington Mrs M Potts Mr J Pratt
Mrs M Sexton Mr D Stafford Mrs P Strickland
Mrs L Taylor Mrs B Walton Mr D Warburton
Mr A Whelan Mr J Wilde Mr W G Wood
Mrs J Wright Miss P Ximinies  



Mr P Gardner Mrs Y Turner  




The Andante send best wishes to Georgie Carlton, Pat Dunkerley and Sheilah Mullen who are recovering from recent surgery.

The Bowling section send best wishes to Harry Newton, Patrick English, Arthur and Brenda Stevens and any other members who have not been well lately.

Congratulations from Caracamp to Laura Bamford on her engagement.

Good wishes from Caracamp to Harry Newton who has been in hospital recently


The Gardeners are very sorry to hear that Jean Lingwood has had an accident at home, and send best hopes and wishes for a speedy reduction of discomfort and a complete recovery.


The Theatre section send bset wishes to all those who have been under the weather recently, notably Jean Lingwood and John Dunkerley.


The Theatre section also send belated congratulations to A lan Streak who celebrated a significant birthday in December.

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Christine Pickford sends many thanks and best wishes to all the kind friends who sent cards, flowers and good wishes to her during her resent hospital treatment.


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The Bowling Section send their condolences to the family of Patrick Gardner, also Dee Kent, who together with her late husband were previous members of the Bowling Section.

The Gardeners are very sad at the news of Patrick Gardner’s passing, and send their deep sympathy to his family.

The Travel Section report the sad loss of Dee Kent, who died in January, and our sympathy goes to all her family and friends.  Dee will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


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Let us remember Mauvis Miller.   ANNOUNCMENT:  On 10th December at BUPA Croft Avenue, Penrith, Cumbria passed away.  She was formerly of Bramhall, Cheshire, aged 92 years.  Mauvis was a dearly loved wife of the late Duncan and is a sadly missed sister and aunt. The Funeral service was at Carlisle Crematorium on Tuesday 24th December.  If desired donations in memory of Mauvis may be made to The Poppy Appeal and sent c/o Walker’s Funeral Directors, Tynefield House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8HY.

Although Canadian by birth, Mauvis embraced Britain from the moment she stepped off the ship in Liverpool in 1944.  For most of their 67 years of married life she and her husband lived in Bramhall, Cheshire where Duncan’s parent’s also had their home.  Mauvis passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 10th, in her 92nd year.  Duncan predeceased her in 2011.  According to their wishes their ashes will be scattered in England.

Mauvis leaves behind her sister Margaret and her family in Toronto, Canada.  Duncan’s brother Ian and nephews Alastair and his wife Angie, Stuart and his wife Pam, have been her English family.

Mauvis’ family wish to express their gratitude to the staff of Croft Avenue Residential Home for their devoted care of Mauvis during her time with them. 


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

Section Secretary Telephone No.
Andante Pam Griffiths 419 9727
Art Delia Haslam 486 0550
Bar* Angela Cowap 439 5598
Bowling Hiliary Black 440 9074
Bridge Rosemary Moorhouse 427 6001
Caracamp Wendy Birch-Jones 483 1672
Dancing Alison Dawson 439 7518
Digital Photo Ingrid Halls 439 6095
Gardening Dorothy Woodall 483 8229
Kitchens* Wendy Joyce 01625 873601
Linguists Sheila Haley 439 5240
Ramblers Shirley Cropper 483 0626
Social* Carol Pimlott 439 5398


Marilyn Webley

Vivien Whittaker

456 5588

439 2648

Travel Jean Hopkins 439 6626
Walrus Jean Lingwood 439 3181
Wine Roger Salt 439 0371

*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.





16th Bowling Section VP day LESSER/JUBILEE TBA


18th Digital photo’ – Black & white photography by Iain Dickinson LESSER HALL 19:30


19th Walrus section Lunch MAIN  HALL 12:30


20th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:30


21st Travel Section: George Beaumont – Heading north to Norway & the North Cape UPPER HALL 20:00


22nd Linguists Early Spring Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30


23rd Ramblers: Stroll See ntoiceboard 10:30


3rd Carachat “Witmess Support in the County Court” LESSER HALL 20:00


28th Gardening Section: Rhodedendrons, Primulas, Orchids and the Dalai Lama UPPER HALL 20:00


1st Theatre Section Coffee Morning 10:30  


1st Theatre Section : Skool Daze Disco MAIN HALL 19:00


1st 250 draw BAR 11:45


2nd Table top sale MAIN & LESSER HALL  09:15


2nd Bar Quiz Arthur Watson BAR 20:00

Weds –


12th – 15th Theatre production- Educating Rita MAIN HALL 19:45


13th Ramblers: Ramble See noticeboard 09:30


14th Wine & Food section: Majestic Wine Tasting UPPER HALL 20:00


15th Bowling Section Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30


16th Ashton-on-Mersey Showband MAIN HALL 19:30


18th Digital photo’, open to all. 3-Dimensional  photography by Barry Aldous LESSER HALL 19:30


19th Walrus Luncheon MAIN HALL 10:30


20th Open Whist drive UPPER HALL 19:30


21st Travel Section:  Brian Hallworth “Urban Wildlife” UPPER HALL 20:00


22nd Gardening Section Coffee Morning MAIN HALL 10:00


22nd Linguists’ VP’s evening MAIN HALL 20:00


23rd Ramblers; Stroll See noticeboard 10:30
MARCH (cont)    


28th Travel Section Annual Dinner MAIN HALL TBA


29th Ramblers Coffee Morning UPPER HALL 10:30


29th Caracamp Open evening – “ Joyce’s Jazz Jamboree” MAIN HALL 19:30


31st Travel day out – Apple and Settle Leave Club 09:00


4th Gardening VP’s evening event – “A Gardener’s World” UPPER HALL 20:00


5th Theatre Coffee morning UPPER HALL 10:30


5th 250 Club draw BAR 11:45


6th Table top sale MAIN & LESSER HALL 09:15


6th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00


6th Indoor Bowls ends    


7th Outdoor Bowls starts    


10th Ramblers: Ramble See Noticeboard 09:30


12th Spring Dance TBA  


15th Digital Photo’  -“Further help using Picassa photo editing software”- Ray Halls LESSER HALL 19:30


16th Walrus Luncheon MAIN HALL 12:30


17th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:30


25th Travel Section:  “An Asian Odyssey” – Trevor Hall UPPER HALL 20:00


26th Andante Coffee Morning TBA  


27th Ramblers: Stroll See Noticeboard 10:30



3rd 250 Club Draw BAR 11:45


4th Bar Quiz BAR 20:00


6th Gardening Visit to Harlow Carr LEAVE CLUB 09:30


8th Ramblers: Ramble See Noticeboard 09:30


8th Caracamp AGM LESSER HALL 20:00


10th Gardening Coffee morning MAIN H ALL 10:00


15th Open Whist Drive UPPER HALL 19:30



20th Digital Photo’ AGM LESSER HALL 19:30


21st Walrus Luncheon/AGM MAIN HALL 20:30


22nd Gardening AGM UPPER HALL 20:00


23rd Travel AGM UPPER HALL 20:00


25th Ramblers: Stroll See Noticeboard 10:30


Brookdale News Deadlines

Edition dated Copy to Editor by 17:00 hrs on Delivery from about: Events for the approx period
April to May 31st March 15th  April May to July
June to July 31st May 15th June July to September
August to Sept 31st July 15th August September to Nov
October to Nov 30th September 15th October November to Jan
December to Jan 30th November 15th December January to March
Feb to March 31st January 15th February March to May


Useful telephone numbers

Club 0161-439 2782
Box Office 0161-439 0505
Room Booking 0161-439 9990
Table Top 0161-439 0606