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Good News Good news for George Formby fans in the Chester area - which covers plenty of Formby country with some very talented members in and around the area. A new branch of The GFS is to be formed and the very first meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd July in the Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 7DB. The evening will have a regular start of 19:40 and the whole branch is being organised by a very talented and loyal GFS member, Cathy Darlington. Cathy recently applied to the GFS
committee and they considered her application at the GFS committee meeting in May 2014 and gave it a unanimous vote. Cathy tells me that there is plentiful car parking and there is a bar facility and a supper will be provided. A raffle will also be held at each meeting and the price of admission is just £1.00 It is hoped that GFS members in the area (and beyond) will support the new branch right from the start. Cathy and her travelling companion Greg Simister have visited the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle at both their Mirfield
and Carrgate branches in the last month and have brought with them some top class entertainment. I feel confident that with Cathy's efforts and the support of GFS members and friends, the new branch will be a roaring success. But it needs you to make it so. Support Cathy in her new venture! The Venue: Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 7DB The Date: 3rd July, 2014 and every first Thursday thereafter.
The highs and lows of a short-lived branch
New Branch There is a lot going on in the UK at the moment what with the Tour de France in Yorkshire and of course the football World Cup. But all that pales into insignificance when a new branch of the GFS is born - and finally, the waiting is over, after all the preparation to ensure that things work out, the inaugural meeting of the Chester branch of the George Formby Society was launched on Thursday and was a great success! Everything worked like a charm and the largest room at Chester Rugby Union club was full to capacity with some people travelling many miles to be with Cathy Darlington and her dedicated team. I was reminded of a Blackpool GFS convention, such was the talent on show, and who better that Greg Simister to be the first player on stage. Greg also worked on the sound equipment throughout the evening and did a great job, even managing to adjust the microphones for every player. Travel GFS fans have no fear of traveling when it comes to getting to a meeting. Caroline and Ray Stewart travelled from their home in Grosmont, North Yorkshire to be at the opening event, a round trip of around 320 miles! There was also a strong contingent from Yorkshire. Founder member John Walley was on hand and had kindly brought with him some of his vast collection of memorabilia and his wife Gill was kept busy (as usual) taking photographs of the event. GFS president Gerry Mawdsley was in attendance along with various other committee members. Top Class Entertainment If anyone is any doubt as to visiting this branch, let me say that in Lewis Clifton who is just up the road and local member Greg Simister, we have two of the best players within the GFS and it was worth travelling just to see them. MC for the evening was Cathy Darlington who was entertaining and informative with her introductions of those about to perform. She also gave a poignant tribute to the late Cliff Royle who played a very important role in Cathy's GFS development. The only downside of Cathy being MC was that she didn't perform and that just has to be corrected for future meetings. Five Star Award All in all, I have to give this evening and the venue, a five star award, well organised, quality entertainment, a top class supper courtesy of the lovely Marion Amos and a very comfortable and well appointed room and bar will ensure that the GFS Chester branch is here to stay.
And so after 27 months of splendid Formby activity, the curtain finally closes on the Chester branch of the GFS. Not because of lack of support for this excellent meeting, but only because branch organiser Cathy Darlington has moved in to a new life in South Yorkshire and sadly no one from the membership of the branch was able to make the commitment to continue Cathy’s great work. Some ukulele clubs and GFS branches must have envied the support of the Chester branch, also the venue (Chester Rugby Club) was one of the best, clean and bright with a nice bar area and very well run. The last meeting of the branch on Thursday 1st September 2016 was again, very well attended with some of the best George Formby players and entertainers within the whole Society.
The last night was definitely not a sad one as we all enjoyed all that is best about the branch – which is of course the entertainment, the management of the branch and the always very friendly atmosphere. Great entertainment throughout the evening helped to make it a very memorable way to close. Cathy Darlington was appropriately MC for the evening, Cathy’s partner Kevin Staniland (assisted by Greg Simister), did his usual professional job on the sound mixer, always ensuring that the backing track was correctly adjusted for volume level and always making sure that when the uke solo happened, a little more volume was added to allow the entertainers the best chance to showcase their playing skills. Over the last two years Cathy has enjoyed the backing and support of various people who
have helped to make the meetings such a success. Cathy is grateful to Debbie and Dennis Lee, Greg Simister and Sonja McKinnon, Lewis Clifton, Jonathan and Pam Baddeley, Alan Newton, John and Gill Walley, Marion Amos, and especially, Kevin Staniland. For me it was always a treat to go to the Chester branch and I know that many others felt the same, Chester’s loss is Yorkshire’s gain and Cathy is now attending the Sheffield branch and is a regular along with Kevin at the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle gatherings. Cathy did a brilliant job, the branch was a success in every way and the George Formby Society should be very grateful to her for doing her bit to keep the Formby flame burning bright. Well done Cathy – and welcome to Yorkshire! Peter Pollard
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Gill Walley’s images
The branch winds up
How we reported news of the branch’s formation
chester branch HOME HOME A - Z A - Z
Good News Good news for George Formby fans in the Chester area - which covers plenty of Formby country with some very talented members in and around the area. A new branch of The GFS is to be formed and the very first meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd July in the Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 7DB. The evening will have a regular start of 19:40 and the whole branch is being organised by a very talented and loyal GFS member, Cathy Darlington. Cathy recently applied to the GFS committee and they considered her application at the GFS committee meeting in May 2014 and gave it a unanimous vote. Cathy tells me that there is plentiful car parking and there is a bar facility and a supper will be provided. A raffle will also be held at each meeting and the price of admission is just £1.00 It is hoped that GFS members in the area (and beyond) will support the new branch right from the start. Cathy and her travelling companion Greg Simister have visited the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle at both their Mirfield and Carrgate branches in the last month and have brought with them some top class entertainment. I feel confident that with Cathy's efforts and the support of GFS members and friends, the new branch will be a roaring success. But it needs you to make it so. Support Cathy in her new venture! The Venue: Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, Cheshire The Date: 3rd July, 2014 and every first Thursday thereafter.
The highs and lows of a short-lived branch
New Branch There is a lot going on in the UK at the moment what with the Tour de France in Yorkshire and of course the football World Cup. But all that pales into insignificance when a new branch of the GFS is born - and finally, the waiting is over, after all the preparation to ensure that things work out, the inaugural meeting of the Chester branch of the George Formby Society was launched on Thursday and was a great success! Everything worked like a charm and the largest room at Chester Rugby Union club was full to capacity with some people travelling many miles to be with Cathy Darlington and her dedicated team. I was reminded of a Blackpool GFS convention, such was the talent on show, and who better that Greg Simister to be the first player on stage. Greg also worked on the sound equipment throughout the evening and did a great job, even managing to adjust the microphones for every player. Travel GFS fans have no fear of traveling when it comes to getting to a meeting. Caroline and Ray Stewart travelled from their home in Grosmont, North Yorkshire to be at the opening event, a round trip of around 320 miles! There was also a strong contingent from Yorkshire. Founder member John Walley was on hand and had kindly brought with him some of his vast collection of memorabilia and his wife Gill was kept busy (as usual) taking photographs of the event. GFS president Gerry Mawdsley was in attendance along with various other committee members. Top Class Entertainment If anyone is any doubt as to visiting this branch, let me say that in Lewis Clifton who is just up the road and local member Greg Simister, we have two of the best players within the GFS and it was worth travelling just to see them. MC for the evening was Cathy Darlington who was entertaining and informative with her introductions of those about to perform. She also gave a poignant tribute to the late Cliff Royle who played a very important role in Cathy's GFS development. The only downside of Cathy being MC was that she didn't perform and that just has to be corrected for future meetings. Five Star Award All in all, I have to give this evening and the venue, a five star award, well organised, quality entertainment, a top class supper courtesy of the lovely Marion Amos and a very comfortable and well appointed room and bar will ensure that the GFS Chester branch is here to stay.
And so after 27 months of splendid Formby activity, the curtain finally closes on the Chester branch of the GFS. Not because of lack of support for this excellent meeting, but only because branch organiser Cathy Darlington has moved in to a new life in South Yorkshire and sadly no one from the membership of the branch was able to make the commitment to continue Cathy’s great work. Some ukulele clubs and GFS branches must have envied the support of the Chester branch, also the venue (Chester Rugby Club) was one of the best, clean and bright with a nice bar area and very well run. The last meeting of the branch on Thursday 1st September 2016 was again, very well attended with some of the best George Formby players and entertainers within the whole Society. The last night was definitely not a sad one as we all enjoyed all that is best about the branch – which is of course the entertainment, the management of the branch and the always very friendly atmosphere. Great entertainment throughout the evening helped to make it a very memorable way to close. Cathy Darlington was appropriately MC for the evening, Cathy’s partner Kevin Staniland (assisted by Greg Simister), did his usual professional job on the sound mixer, always ensuring that the backing track was correctly adjusted for volume level and always making sure that when the uke solo happened, a little more volume was added to allow the entertainers the best chance to showcase their playing skills. Over the last two years Cathy has enjoyed the backing and support of various people who have helped to make the meetings such a success. Cathy is grateful to Debbie and Dennis Lee, Greg Simister and Sonja McKinnon, Lewis Clifton, Jonathan and Pam Baddeley, Alan Newton, John and Gill Walley, Marion Amos, and especially, Kevin Staniland. For me it was always a treat to go to the Chester branch and I know that many others felt the same, Chester’s loss is Yorkshire’s gain and Cathy is now attending the Sheffield branch and is a regular along with Kevin at the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle gatherings. Cathy did a brilliant job, the branch was a success in every way and the George Formby Society should be very grateful to her for doing her bit to keep the Formby flame burning bright. Well done Cathy – and welcome to Yorkshire! Peter Pollard
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The branch winds up
How we reported news of the branch’s formation
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