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|Well dear friends the spring flowers are out and it would appear that spring is now very much with us and hopefully we can all look forward to a great summer season.
The one sad thing at the moment is that we have apparently 'lost' The Mariners !! - This is sad because it was a great venue for us. We were there for eight years altogether and our audience had grown from 20 or 30 to around 80 people during that time. Some of you have even been with us from the beginning which is fantastic.
Initially we understood that it was all due to a change in the entertainment laws and although this was possibly the start of it all we now know that it had little to do with any new law !
So, certainly for most of this year anyway we will be at 'The George' South Molton. A little closer for our Yeovil and Exeter friends but perhaps a little further for those of you who support us from the North and West of Barnstaple. However, this may change and as always we will let you know as soon as possible after we know ourselves! We are exploring other options even as I write, and it is possible that any other venue may cost us some money. We are also looking into that as well.
We are unable to book The George for the first Saturday in May so we are there again on the 30th April as well so please come along so that we can all enjoy ourselves and have a laugh or two.
This letter goes out to you on the same night that we have Tom and Barbara Brown with us.
At the moment these are the only guests that Ian has booked so far this year. We will however keep you notified of any further guests we may have.
Next month of course we have the First Exmoor Folk Festival centred around Brendon. (See insert) It should be fun and I hope that many of you will give it your support in one way or another to help it to continue next year and many years to come,
The First Exmoor Folk Festival
13th, 14th, 15th May 2005(Centred around Brendon)
Many workshops , craft stalls, Morris and Country Dancing
Ceilidh's, Pub entertainment and Pub sings for all.
Martyn Babb will be ferrying folk at intervals on his vintage coaches between
'The Staghunters' 'The Rockford ' and 'The Sandpiper'
See programme for full details
Visit website www.heartsofoak.net and then Exmoor Festival
Some sad news....John Moore of the Acorn Folk Club in Minehead died rather suddenly a couple of weeks ago.
As I understand it he was on his way to Essex and although he managed to stop his car safely he had a massive heart attack and then died as a result ! Our sympathy goes out to Eileen his wife and their family. We have sent a card of condolence from the group, and we are booked to go over there to the Acorn Folk Club later on this year (watch the programme)
And some further sad news...Tony's Dad passed away on Wednesday 16th March. I'm sure that I can pass on our sympathy to Tony and his family..
We are off to Bromsgrove again on 9th April ! This will be our 4th annual visit raising money for charities up there in the Midlands. It's quite a drive up and back the same day especially after an active performance from us! - I doubt that we will be back home much before 2.00 am next day !
On Saturday 26th March we went over to Watchet and to the 'Flatner' Museum with Martyn Babb and others raising funds for the Srilankan fishermen to help them to either repair or replace their fishing boats lost in the Tsunami floods on Boxing day. This was NOT an official HoO booking so it wouldn't have appeared on our programme.
Ian had an exhibition that week and Rupert was going to be away for part of the Easter break. However, all the group all turned up ! It was a very good night but bitterly cold without any heating in a 'reclaimed ' railway engine shed ! Everyone kept their warm coats on and amazingly the audience all stayed to the very end...It was well worthwhile but I am unsure of the actual amount raised. At a guess I would say it was in excess of £200.
You will see on our new programme that we are giving a concert at Croyde Village Hall to raise money for Ben Nias who will be going to the Arctic circle wth the British Schools Expedition Society. Rupert has some tickets at £4 which includes refreshments, or you can call Ben direct on (01271) 816621 for more information. Any support you can give will be very much appreciated.
Well folks I have just about run out of news so here's a few 'Funnies'
At 'The Top George' Combe Martin.
Every second Saturday in the month
Everyone is welcome
So if you sing, say or play, or just listen and join in the choruses,
YOU ARE WELCOME
Don't forget to put the following dates in your diaries Friday 21st October. Saturday 22nd October. Sunday 23rd October
We celebrate Admiral lord Nelson's victory at Trafalgar
There is much going on certainly around Appledore and Hearts of Oak are involved. More later....
And so good friends that is all I have to say at the moment, and it just remains for me to say on behalf of the group, "Thank you once again for your continued support" and see you all next time.
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