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What’s on at the Wesley Centre – December 2018

7th December 2018
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The Wesley Centre

The Wesley Centre provides a high standard of furnished accommodation for small businesses and houses an events hall, which hosts a multitude of occasions including weddings, christenings, funerals, birthdays and various musical experiences. read more

Bramley Brass Band

7th December 2018
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Bramley Brass Band

Bramley Brass Band took part in a weekend of celebrations as the local community in Bramley village came together to celebrate one hundred years since the end of WWI. The weekend commenced in St Francis’ Church with an evening of music, sketches, and poems. read more

Maltby Lions Santa’s Sleigh

6th December 2018
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Maltby (Rother Valley) Lions Club

Volunteers from Maltby (Rother Valley) Lions will once again be touring the local streets with Santa in his sleigh so big and little children can meet Father Christmas during December. The planned routes are: read more

St James Church sprinkles stardust

5th December 2018
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Community Focus

The children were practising the nativity play in readiness for the service on Christmas Day, at St James Church Braithwell, when James glanced through the church window and noticed what looked like a star, falling to earth.
“Why have you landed here in Braithwell and what is your name?” Mrs Godfrey asked the star. read more

HMP Lindholme seeks volunteers

5th December 2018
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HMP Lindholme

HMP Lindholme is 10 miles east of Doncaster, a Category C working prison and has around 1,000 prisoners. Members perform vital roles for the minister/public, offering unbiased oversight of HMP Lindholme. Members are unpaid but claim costs for travel and financial loss. This very rewarding role includes duties of; monitoring fairness and humanity, the range/adequacy of programmes, taking prisoner applications, raising concerns with the governor and reporting annually to the minister. read more

Friends in Harmony

5th December 2018
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Friends in Harmony

Friends in Harmony are performing two Christmas concerts the month — at 7.00pm on Saturday 8th December in St Francis’ Church, Bramley and at 7.15pm on Friday 14th December at St Nicholas Church, Rawmarsh. Both these concerts are in aid of church funds and tickets are available from both churches. read more

Voglia d’Italia

5th December 2018
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Voglia d’Italia

Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) will hold their Christmas party to celebrate the festive season with Italian style food, quiz games and fun on Friday 7th December. Food will be on a bring and share basis. The party will start at 7.00pm at Tickhill Pavillion, Tickhill DN11 9QN. Non-members are very welcome to attend for a £5.00 admission fee. Please contact Peter on 01709 370895 for details. read more

Tickhill Music Society

4th December 2018
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Tickhill Music Society

A good audience braved the worst Storm Callum could deliver for a thrilling concert of piano duets, by Jinah Shim and Raymond Yiu at St Mary’s School, Tickhill. Many of the Tickhill Music Society members had heard Jinah play two years ago, so they knew they were in for a rare treat. She had promised to return with another pair of hands and, even though Raymond was a welcome late replacement, it was certainly a double treat.

Jinah introduced the evening as simply “Music we like!” There could have been no better theme as they started with a lively Mozart sonata, the perfect antidote to Callum raging outside. Truly empathetic playing followed in Faure’s Dolly Suite, written to celebrate the life of the daughter of his mistress, according to our programme — or his very good friend, according to Jinah’s introduction! Let’s settle for the latter, since Berceuse brought to many of our minds Listen with Mother — and even brought on a few tears. Le Jardin de Dolly evoked a lovely stroll in a gorgeous garden — despite Callum — but how suitable was the energetic Le pas Espanol on 12th October, the national day of Spain!
A romantic opening to the Dumka Slavonic Dance by Dvorak entranced us all after the interval followed by his dynamic Starodavny with those tricky changes of pace. The final Fantasie by Schubert, an important part of the challenging repertoire for piano duet, written in four interconnected movements, held the audience throughout, particularly in the dramatic pauses when even the wind seemed to hold its breath. Rarely have so many notes been played simultaneously to such glorious effect on our Yamaha.

The welcome encore from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, saw Jinah and Raymond change places with some virtuosic glissandi conjuring calm after the storm, before we renewed our battle with Callum.
Review by Philip James

The next concert organised by Tickhill Music Society takes place on Friday 7th December, at 7.00pm at St Mary’s School, St Mary’s Road, Tickhill. This will be ‘A Christmas Carol’ in concert with Green Matthews (Chris Green, Sophie Matthews and special guest Jude Rees) who retell the heartwarming tale using an array of traditional and modern instruments.

Subscriptions for seven concerts costs £60.00; concession members (60 plus) £55.00. Subscription members for any four concerts pay £40.00.

Non-members pay £12.00 for each event at the door. Accompanied children (under 16) and students (aged 16 to 19) are admitted free of charge.

The Arts Society Dukeries

4th December 2018
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The Arts Society Dukeries

The December meeting of The Arts Society Dukeries, on Wednesday 5th December, will be a lecture by Rupert Willoughby on ‘Basingstoke and its contribution to world culture — post war development in a typical English town’.
One of the most derided towns in England, renowned for its dullness, Basingstoke is distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture. read more

Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association

4th December 2018
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Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association

The October meeting of Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association saw the return of the very versatile and humorous Andy Lloyd and his team, who made the evening go with a swing. They provided a delicious Harvest Supper along with the art of truffle making and musical entertainment from Andy with his renditions of Elvis, Cliff, Neil Diamond and a hilarious Barry Gibb impersonation.

  • 7th December — Carol Service at St Michael Le Belfrey Church in York at 2.00pm
  • 11th December — Christmas Celebrations at The Ruddle Centre, 7.30pm, with entertainment by Friends in Harmony Choir and refreshments.

The group starts off the New Year with a talk by Sue Clifton about ‘The Birds in your Garden’ on Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm, in The Ruddle Centre. For further information please contact Pamela at pammyjill@me.com or call 07585 663434. Visitors and new members are warmly welcomed.