Jenny Gray – funeral

Jenny’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 11th June 2024 at 3:30pm at Lichfield and District Crematorium, Fradley WS13 8GA.

Please wear colours of your choice, and in lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation, please do so to the Caroline Parkinson Memorial Fund.

A celebration of her life will be held afterwards at Coton House Farm, Whittington. Further details of this will be circulated to members by email.

Chairman’s remarks – May 2024

Students of this ongoing blog will be familiar with the webmaster’s self-indulgent penchant for inserting video and music clips into the text, in the hope of enlightening and, sometimes, entertaining them.

Sadly, this next clip, prompted by our new Chairman’s Chairmen’s report, must rank as one of the most stomach churning videos available on the Dark Net.

First, read his words here; then, watch the video content here, and following that, if you can bear it, make a comment below.

I apologise in advance. Except…does anyone else note the strange similarity of the drummer to our new chairman?

If you need further light relief, here are highlights of Eurovision 2024 – and, for contrast, the entirety of Eurovision 1974 (or just jump to the highlight at 34:46)

Ron Smith – sad news

With great sorrow, we learned that Ron Smith passed away on 26th April. Ron was a longstanding member of Lichfield 41 Club and formerly Lichfield District Round Table 1200.

On behalf of his many friends in the Club, we offer our sincere condolences and best wishes to Pam and all Ron’s family.

Further details will be circulated when appropriate.

Roger Hartley

Chairman’s remarks – March & April 2024

Slightly delayed due to the webmaster being asleep at the wheel, but all the better for the anticipation you must all have felt, click here to enjoy Chairman Colin “Zorba” John’s most recent epistle, which must surely go down in the history of Chairmen’s remarks as being the only one to include the word “greek” 10 times.

Talking of Zorba, who can forget the literally unforgettable final scene from the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, starring Anthony Quinn as the eponymous* hero. The final part of the final scene is strangely reminiscent of two golfers celebrating having found their lost balls in the sandpits at WHGC, I feel.

*Of course, eponymous is itself derived from the Ancient Greek ἐπώνῠμος (epṓnumos, “concerning giving one’s name to something; named in a significant manner; surnamed”). For that matter, so is epistle, via a diversionary journey through Latin and Old French.

AGM, Council etc – update

Officers’ reports are now available on the AGM page.

Not many sleeps now until the AGM, which is on Wednesday 24th April at WHGC. Please check out the calling notice here, especially if you are excited about filling a role on the Council.

Don’t forget to book in or apologise to John Godson by Thursday 18th April.

Thinking of our well-dressed Council members, some of you may remember The Style Council from the ’80s. It was formed by ex-frontman of The Jam, Paul Weller, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners* member Mick Talbot, who both apparently hated the “rock myth and rock culture” of the day. Decide for yourself whether you prefer The Style Council’s “My Ever Changing Mood” over the Jam’s “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” and”Going Underground“, or Dexy’s “Geno“.

*Dexy’s was named for dextroamphetamine, the late night drug of choice for Northern Soul dancers to keep them going into the small hours.