westhoughton gfs
The Castleford GFS lads made their regular visit to Westhoughton last night (25/10/2017) and were greeted by all in the usual friendly way. The Westhoughton branch is nothing but friendliness. Even though our journey there is roughly a round trip of 100 miles, it is made easy knowing that we are always in for a great evening of friendship and top entertainment. MC for the evening is usually the very capable Garry Hampson who always goes out of his way to make long distance travellers welcome and also make sure that they are all featured in the evening’s entertainment. The quality of entertainment is as good as any within the GFS circle and as usual, all players are given the same rousing cheer at the end of their spot no matter what level of advancement the player has attained. Branch helper Dennis Lee goes back a long way in GFS history and has always been involved with some aspect of the Society. He launched the North Wales branch in 1994, in 1996 Dennis was Vice-Chairman of the GFS and also our archivist, then in 1998 Dennis was elected Chairman of the Society. One could say that Dennis has definitely paid his dues to the GFS! The Westhoughton branch is renowned for doing outside entertainment and Dennis and his wife Debbie are at the forefront in organising the dates and venues. The branch does great work in all sorts of venues and will go wherever there is entertainment needed. They also manage to get most of the playing members of the branch to Llandudno once a year to take part in the three-day Victorian weekend event, playing outdoors to the holidaying masses. Some members of the branch will travel to the Liverpool branch and Liverpool branch organiser Peter Swetnam and his pals Dave Hall and Alan Williams return the favour and are also good supporters of Westhoughton. The Yorkshire Ukulele Circle at Mirfield is also fortunate that each month we are delighted to welcome Dennis and Debbie, Garry Hampson, Bernard Gallery and Vinnie Byrne to our meetings and they make a great contribution to our evening. Last night was actually one of the best meetings I think that I have attended anywhere in many a year. Not only did we enjoy branch member Paul Kenny who is always great to watch, but we also had very special guests in Liverpool based long term GFS member Chris Webster and then completely unexpectedly the one and only Anthony Mason made an appearance! I honestly cannot remember the last time I met Anthony but it is quite a few years ago. When I made the excursion to the famed Warrington exhibition in the summer of 1991, the very first person I met was a young but brilliantly talented Anthony Mason who along with Vellum editor of that period, Stan Evans, were at the exhibition every day for the whole three months run and of course Anthony was always on hand to impress visitors and members of the media with his playing skills. Moving on 26 years and Anthony is still the consummate professional entertainer and his presence along with Chris and Paul made this night so memorable. Let us not forget though that the evening was made up of many talents who all played their part in ensuring that the Westhoughton branch remains one of the best branches within the GFS. The lads making the trip back to Yorkshire always have plenty to discuss after a Westhoughton evening and this one certainly gave us all lasting memories of a great night out.

WESTHOUGHTON DETAILS

The branch was formed in early 2000 in the now demolished Red Lion pub. The venue is now: The Mercury Motel 540 Manchester Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire BL5 3JP They meet on the last Wednesday in the month (no meeting in December) and admission is free but there is a raffle held to raise funds for the branch. Details from Garry Hampson 01942 209485

Anthony Mason’s Activities

Anthony is involved in various music projects. He leads Cafè Society, a very stylish 1920s four-piece jazz band. He also has just recorded his latest CD The George Formby Project. I have listened to it in full and can recommend it, as good as anything since Mr Formby ceased to record!
westhoughton gfs
The Castleford GFS lads made their regular visit to Westhoughton last night (25/10/2017) and were greeted by all in the usual friendly way. The Westhoughton branch is nothing but friendliness. Even though our journey there is roughly a round trip of 100 miles, it is made easy knowing that we are always in for a great evening of friendship and top entertainment. MC for the evening is usually the very capable Garry Hampson who always goes out of his way to make long distance travellers welcome and also make sure that they are all featured in the evening’s entertainment. The quality of entertainment is as good as any within the GFS circle and as usual, all players are given the same rousing cheer at the end of their spot no matter what level of advancement the player has attained. Branch helper Dennis Lee goes back a long way in GFS history and has always been involved with some aspect of the Society. He launched the North Wales branch in 1994, in 1996 Dennis was Vice-Chairman of the GFS and also our archivist, then in 1998 Dennis was elected Chairman of the Society. One could say that Dennis has definitely paid his dues to the GFS! The Westhoughton branch is renowned for doing outside entertainment and Dennis and his wife Debbie are at the forefront in organising the dates and venues. The branch does great work in all sorts of venues and will go wherever there is entertainment needed. They also manage to get most of the playing members of the branch to Llandudno once a year to take part in the three-day Victorian weekend event, playing outdoors to the holidaying masses. Some members of the branch will travel to the Liverpool branch and Liverpool branch organiser Peter Swetnam and his pals Dave Hall and Alan Williams return the favour and are also good supporters of Westhoughton. The Yorkshire Ukulele Circle at Mirfield is also fortunate that each month we are delighted to welcome Dennis and Debbie, Garry Hampson, Bernard Gallery and Vinnie Byrne to our meetings and they make a great contribution to our evening. Last night was actually one of the best meetings I think that I have attended anywhere in many a year. Not only did we enjoy branch member Paul Kenny who is always great to watch, but we also had very special guests in Liverpool based long term GFS member Chris Webster and then completely unexpectedly the one and only Anthony Mason made an appearance! I honestly cannot remember the last time I met Anthony but it is quite a few years ago. When I made the excursion to the famed Warrington exhibition in the summer of 1991, the very first person I met was a young but brilliantly talented Anthony Mason who along with Vellum editor of that period, Stan Evans, were at the exhibition every day for the whole three months run and of course Anthony was always on hand to impress visitors and members of the media with his playing skills. Moving on 26 years and Anthony is still the consummate professional entertainer and his presence along with Chris and Paul made this night so memorable. Let us not forget though that the evening was made up of many talents who all played their part in ensuring that the Westhoughton branch remains one of the best branches within the GFS. The lads making the trip back to Yorkshire always have plenty to discuss after a Westhoughton evening and this one certainly gave us all lasting memories of a great night out.
Anthony Mason’s Activities Anthony is involved in various music projects. He leads Cafè Society, a very stylish 1920s four-piece jazz band.  He also has just recorded his latest CD The George Formby Project. I have listened to it in full and can recommend it, as good as anything since Mr Formby ceased to record!

WESTHOUGHTON DETAILS

The branch was formed in early 2000 in the now demolished Red Lion pub. The venue is now: The Mercury Motel 540 Manchester Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire BL5 3JP They meet on the last Wednesday in the month (no meeting in December) and admission is free but there is a raffle held to raise funds for the branch. Details from Garry Hampson 01942 209485