That's me at the back with the hunky Spaniard!
I haven’t posted a memoir-based post for some time so I’ll take up the story from when I first broke-up with my Beloved Bad Penny (see post from 8/11/16).
Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the production of ‘The Dreaming’ presented in the Hayward Theatre last week was amazing.
Seeing that dear Jan has posted a reprise of the article about our engagement, I thought perhaps it is a good time for an update.
I loved watching the programme on BBC 2 recently (can't remember what it was called ) with the family of five who lived through the decades from 1900 to the present day, brought back many happy memories.
Viva is going to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe, a high accolade indeed. As a consequence, the audience this night was treated to two musical plays, both of which will be presented at the Fringe.
Review Of A visit To ADeC’s Accessible Cinema And The film ‘Dad’s Army’ At The Maltings, Ely On Thursday 20th July 2017
ADeC has taken on board Ely Mayor’s wish for Ely to become a dementia-friendly city and has offered a chance for sufferers and their carers to see a film: ‘Dad’s Army’.
I'm the one just to the right behind the teacher
How many of us, singing that song in school assemblies all those years ago, could imagine ourselves forty years hence, let alone meeting up with our old school mates?
Standing in the kitchen, his face the colour of squashed raspberries, my better half’s voice rose to a crescendo. ‘It’s way past lunchtime and the blinds are still shut! What on earth’s going on?’
As I mentioned in the first part of this article my husband and I had been living loco parentis at the house of two of our precious grandchildren. We had given the parents a week in the sun, without children, to celebrate their joint birthdays and tenth wedding anniversary.
Review of ‘Hairspray Junior’ Presented By KD Theatre Productions At The Maltings, Ely On Saturday 24th June 2017
Photos reproduced with permission from Daniel Bell
KD Theatre Productions gave a dazzling performance of ‘Hairspray Junior’ on Saturday. With 150 children taking part, the stage was packed with a sparkling array of characters and groups, all telling the story of star wannabe making good.
My husband and I had been living loco parentis at the house of two of our precious grandchildren. We had given the parents a week in the sun, without children, to celebrate their joint birthdays and tenth wedding anniversary.
Catriona Clark and Rowan Redfarn
Opera Bohemia’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ in the Hayward Theatre in Ely on Saturday was wonderful.
Viva’s production of ‘Dad’s Army’ was splendid. The atmosphere of the times in the World Wars was cleverly created with video screen, props, scenery, an amazing collection of very familiar music from the times and, best of all, the characters that we know and love from the TV series of ‘Dad’s Army’.
Paul Trepte and a dalek
What a delightful concert with a difference! An amazing array of very varied music was presented in the ‘Science Prom’ in Ely Cathedral on Saturday.
When I was a child I was not particularly interested in finding out about my grandparents.
Whose bottoms are these?
I talked to my local WI a while back, appealing to members to do two things:-
There is no doubt about it, when Daniel Bell puts his mark on a theatrical production we can be assured of highly entertaining, family fun and ‘Treasure Island’ was no different.
Photo copyright Jordan Day Head of Media and Marketing King's Ely
What an amazing production! The King’s School Ely Junior School gave a splendid performance of ‘Cats’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Hayward Theatre on Friday.
Up and coming writer/producer John Holdsworth, in conjunction with Peter Tomalin, has created a real gem.
Alice In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass At Courtyard Hereford Wednesday April 19th- Saturday April 22nd 2017
Lewis Carroll’s timeless children’s stories Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass will be brought to life by The Courtyard Youth Theatre this April.
Photo copyright Viva
Viva dazzled us yet again with another vibrantly energized musical production in the Brook last night. It was fantastic!
For a teenager in the sixties anything was possible. I’d started work at sixteen in 1960 as an office junior earning £6 a week, good money in those days.
This is still true. Writers support for one another is immense!
Photo copyright Remedy Productions C4
It is a cold wet January morning and I am bored.
Cellist Pavlos Carvalho Pianist Warren Mailley-Smith and Soprano Susan Parkes
The Valentine’s Concert in Ely Cathedral on February 11th was the eighth annual visit by Warren Mailley-Smith and co musicians and it was one of the finest.
Dear Avalyn Grace
Today, Friday 24th of February marks your 3rd birthday.
My good friend's son in law is running 7 marathons in 7 days with his best friend to raise money for Great Ormond Street and has asked me to publish this article and maybe you would like to donate to the Leukemia Fund. Details at the end of the article.
Viva’s performance of ‘Shakers’ in the Brook at Soham on Thursday 9th February was fantastic.
I haven’t been online much over the last few months; my mother had been on end of life care for over a year and she passed away peacefully three weeks ago. It’s been a difficult time, both for her and for all the family.
55+? Moving PIctures Easter Parade, Plus Lunch And A Dance Workshop on January 25th At The Courtyard Hereford!
We are putting on a Moving Pictures event for people aged 55+ at the Courtyard.
It has been a tad chilly these last few days and nights after our mostly mild December.
As many of you know, I belong to Helen Vereker Singers, Hereford Pop Choir.
This picture was taken after our car journey – they were deciding what to cook ☺️
Antony Peebles.Photo reproduced with permission.
Ex-Trinity College Cambridge student and experienced performer and teacher, Antony Peebles, gave a splendid piano recital as part of the King’s School Ely Concert Series in the Hayward Theatre on Thursday.
Review of ‘The Railway Children’ By King’s Ely Junior School In The Hayward Theatre On Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Photo copyright Max Openshaw
The Kings School is known for its high standard of productions and the Junior School’s presentation of ‘The Railway Children’ was as delightful as expected.
Review Of The Czech National Symphony Orchestra In Cambridge Corn Exchange On Tuesday 15th November 2016
The concert given by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Tuesday was splendid.
Britten Sinfonia Orchestra Photo copyright Harry Rankin
Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ in Ely Cathedral on Saturday was magnificent.
Review Of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Alexander Shelley With Violin Soloist Carolin Widmann At Cambridge Corn Exchange On Saturday 28th October 2016
Photo taken and reproduced with permission from Lennard Ruehle
After a fascinating talk by James Williams, Managing Director of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra gave a splendid concert in Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday.
Review Of The Concert Given By Ely Sinfonia And Martin Roscoe Concert In Ely Cathedral On Saturday 22nd October 2016
Ely Sinfonia members, under the directorship of Steve Bingham, were excellent on Saturday when they performed works by Bernstein, Gershwin and Aaron Copland in Ely Cathedral.
Review Of Chatteris Music Society’s Concert: The Budapest Café Orchestra In The Church Of St. Peter And St. Paul Chatteris On Saturday 8th October 2016
There is a very good reason why Chatteris Music Society is becoming more and more successful: it is providing fantastic concerts.
Once your own children have grown up, moved out and built lives of their own, you are left to enjoy years of doing things for yourself again.
The Sisters’ Challenge Including Eating Sushi, A Train Journey To Ludlow, Climbing To A Great Height, Singing In A Choir With Helen Vereker Singers And Meeting New Authors!
My sister Jan (AKA the Queen of Oapschat) and I are spending some time together right now and we decided to liven things up a bit by setting each other a few challenges. Everyone is scared of something, so we thought we would set about confronting some of our biggest fears.
Review Of Cambridge Voices; Bach To The Bard In The Lady Chapel Of Ely Cathedral On Monday 29th August 2016
Ian de Massini, Cambridge Voices and The Orchestra of the Age of Reason are rare musicians of undoubted talent and exceptional perception.
You must have seen it, in Spain and in France too. In cities, towns and villages.
Me, Margaret and Sheila
Recently, I was giving someone the elevator speech for my new novel—the two minute summary every writer has ready in case they bump into an agent or Hollywood producer in the elevator—and she smiled and said ‘more sisters, I see.’