THE BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUB
JANUARY 28TH. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Once again we meet to celebrate the formation of our accordion club. We were keeping our fingers crossed regarding the weather and our prayers were answered when all the snow melted away and the ensuing rain washed away all the evidence leaving us with clear roads and a usable car park.
A few members were enjoying late holidays and seasonal bugs accounted for a few empty seats. We were pleased to welcome back our founder member, Reg Philips who is recovering very well from health problems. Best wishes for the future Reg. The highlight of the evening was to be the presentation of the Fred Payne Memorial Trophy which was going to be presented to the most improved player of the year. The player was chosen by a ballot held on the previous social night. Hazel Payne was very pleased to be asked to present the trophy. Barry also was very pleased to present the club accordion band for the very first time in public. Christine and Pat are to be thanked for their tremendous efforts that went into preparing the food for the party. The guest artist for the night was non other than the ubiquitous Roman Voloschuck. I think that everyone living in the vicinity of the clubhouse has now heard him sing. What a tremendous voice he has, who doesn’t need a microphone then? He didn’t shatter any wine glasses but the club timepiece stopped working in sympathy. Roman is a great musician, singer and entertainer and in between numbers he was involved in verbal banter with the audience which was very amusing. Following a variety of tunes, songs and jokes the interval began with an orderly queue forming at the buffet. This was followed by the raffle which had a extremely presentable selection of prizes all of which were donated by our members. The Tote was won by Tom Jones who immediately donated the £20 cash prize to the club funds. The next spot on the bill was the first public performance of the club accordion band and this went very well indeed. The performance was helped by Roman who was hiding at the side of the stage, but he only joined in with the first number. Next on the agenda was the presentation of the trophy by Hazel Payne. The judicator for the night was Rob Beecroft and he had selected John Shelley as the winner. John has indeed made considerable progress with his playing and was very pleased to receive the trophy. Roman began the second half of the programme in the same manner with non stop entertainment shooting from popular tunes to Russian classics, Musette and songs from the shows. His rendering of ‘Black Eyes’ , (some call it Dark Eyes) was excellent and drew much applause.
Quality is the word to summarize the night with quality entertainment, quality buffet and raffle prizes. Most of the members joined in with clearing up afterwards and we must thank everyone who helped in making the party so enjoyable. We are pleased to announce that our web site is up and running even though it is still in the early stages of development and many thanks to David Batty for setting up the site. To view the site type in, theblackcountryaccordionclub.com NEW AND OLD MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME
Mon. Feb. 4th. Social night. Mon. March 4th. Social night
Mon. Feb. 25th. THE FETTLERS Mon. March 25th. THE NORTH STAFFS ACCORDION BAND
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