Rolleston Club News 2014

Winter 2014

Christmas is coming and arrangements are in place for a busy festive period. We commence on the 19th December with a ‘Bingo and Buffet’ evening for our regular bingo players to enjoy.

There is a Family Disco on Saturday 20th December with ‘Santa’ likely to pay a visit and provide a small present for the children. The evening commences at 6.30pm and parents and adults are encouraged to support the event and dance with Dave’s Disco until closing time.

The following Saturday 27th December, sees the popular Northern Soul and Motown evening with the Resident D.J.’s playing Northern Soul, Monsters and Motown Classics.

These evenings are held at the Club four times a year and always attract a big following with members and guests enjoying the music and dancing the night away until the early hours.

On Monday 29th December a Race Night is being held in aid of Rolleston Football Club towards buying training equipment for the boys and girls teams. The Football Club has 12 teams in the Burton and Derby Leagues with around 150 players ranging in age 6 to 18.

New Year’s Eve sees Ade Bates Retro Disco (appeared at Rollestonbury again this year) providing an evening of music and entertainment for all the family. This is a ticketed event and members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets in November before the remainder go on sale in December.

The Christmas period moves into the New Year with the Club’s Senior’s Party being held on Saturday 3rd January 2015. A three course meal and entertainment will be provided for our Senior members, at a reasonable price, commencing at 5pm. Members who attended last year’s Party said it was excellent and Kim/Ann have agreed to prepare a similar menu. The evening is normally oversubscribed so its ‘first come, first served’.

The Club will be operating normal opening hours throughout the Christmas period except for Christmas Day when the Lounge will be open from 11.30am – 2.30pm for those members who wish to have a festive drink.

Annual subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2015 and members can renew their membership throughout the month of January. In November and December new applicants can join the Club with a view to becoming full members in the New Year. A payment of the annual subscription will entitle potential new members to fourteen months membership instead of the usual twelve. If you are interested in using the facilities of Rolleston Club call in for a membership form.

The Bowls season has ended with the club having a successful year. The Ladies and Men’s teams have achieved success with the Ladies A team winning the First Division of the Burton and District League and the B team finishing third in their Division. The Men’s Saturday B team won Division 5 of the Burton and District League and subsequently were entered for the Champion of Champions before eventually being beaten by the Division 1 Champions. Well done to all concerned.

Since my last report Gala Day has come and gone. Unfortunately it was a very wet Bank Holiday Monday which put a damper on the event. Despite the weather there were a record number of entries to the 103 classes and those who visited the Croft and Club saw some excellent exhibits. The day raised in excess of £1500 towards the various charities and the Gala Committee wish to thank all those who worked very hard to make the day a success.

On Friday 26th September a Macmillan Coffee Morning was held in the Club and raised a fantastic £1238. A big thank you to all the helpers and visitors who supported the morning and helped make it a very successful occasion.

Forthcoming Entertainment

Sat 22nd Nov SILICONE TAXIS-A soul, funk & rock’n roll band
Sat 29th Nov THE ROX – High energy rock covers band
Sat 6th Dec JERRY & THE JIVE STARS- Top rock’n’ roll band
Sat 10th Jan ROBERT PERRY-Sensational guitarist and vocalist
Sat 17th Jan THE DETROITS- 5 piece motown and soul band
Sat 14th Feb ADDED ATTRACTION-Stars & legends tribute band
Sat 28th Feb DARK HORSES- Rock band with music from 60’s to present day
Sat 21st Mar JAGUARS SOLID GOLD-4 piece live band with specialist vocalists.
Sat 28th Mar ANT HILL MOB-rock’n’roll & blues band.

For more information on these groups see the notice board displayed outside the Club or in the Newsletter which is a new addition produced by a member of the Committee.

Doors open for entertainment at 7.30pm with groups scheduled to be on stage at 8.45pm. A small charge is made for members and their guests.

Rolleston Club Village Gala

The gala was very successful this year, despite the awful weather. The event was opened by Burton’s Mayor Ron Clarke, who lives in the village. Craft stalls were in St Mary’s again, and we are going to have the same space next year as well, if you are interested in having a space please contact the Club, there is no charge and we would love to help local businesses. We ended the evening with our annual auction (presided over by Len Torr the Club’s President), and this helped push the amount we raised to £700 for the Almshouses Renovation Appeal, £700 for Rolleston Club and £183.35 for the Rolleston United Foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored a class, entered a class, left an exhibit to be auctioned, and all the stalwarts who came out again and slogged hard the whole day, if not the entire weekend.

Tom Martin receiving cheques for the Almshouses renovation fund from Sue Irwin, RoDSEC and from Delia Wyers, Village gala. Also Audrey Gordon receiving a cheque from Delia for the Rolleston United Foundation.

Prepare For Next Year During The Winter Evenings

NEW - We will be expanding onto the Alderbrook with a floating animal class. This will be split into age groups (up to 6 years, 7 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and adult) - so is open for all. All you have to do is create any animal and try and get it to remain buoyant for the afternoon.

Here is next year’s craft schedule -

A birthday card
A model
A decorative stitched, cross stitch or tapestry item
A patchwork item
A wine bottle sleeve/cover in any medium
A wine glass charm in any medium
An item of jewellery
A piece of turning, sculpture or pottery
A knitted or crocheted article
A toy (in any medium)
A mobile to be displayed hanging

Autumn 2014

At the end of May the Transport Festival was held in the village. It was a lovely day and the crowds flocked into Rolleston. The Club played its part by providing refreshments in the form of beef burgers, bacon rolls, cakes and tea/coffee. A number of Committee members and their families, staff and volunteers helped in making it a day to remember as a record number of visitors came to the Festival. We would like to thank all those who helped on the day and gave their time in support of the Transport Committee.

The next big venture for the Club is Gala Day on August Bank Holiday Monday. Arrangements are all in place with over 100 classes for villagers and visitors to enter their exhibits. Refreshments will again be available in the Club and of course there is the auction of produce in the evening. Len Torr will ply his trade and endeavour to sell to those who attend the evening sale in the Main Hall. Why not try and get a bargain?

After a lovely spell of weather the Club is now planning for the autumn and let us not forget Christmas.

The new Bowls Pavilion has been approved and work is scheduled to commence in October/November. An important aspect of the building is that it will have disabled access and therefore make the facilities available for wheelchair use.

Various activities recommence in September with teams participating in darts, dominoes and snooker when their league seasons commence. If you are interested in these activities why not have a word with the Captains who will advise of the programme ahead. The snooker tables have been recovered and those who have played on them are very pleased with the standard of cloth.

The bowls season is nearing its conclusion and the various Club teams have been very active. Many of the team members have purchased their Club shirts and a ‘sea of red’ can be seen on the bowling green as well as in the Lounge. Congratulations to the members who have achieved success and thanks to those who have supported the teams throughout the summer. We have added a new bench to the surrounds of the bowling green. This is in memory of Dennis Wright, a forthright likeable member who represented the Club for many years as well as making excellent home-made fruit pies to be sold for Club funds. It is hoped members who visit the green will note Dennis’s bench and remember a stalwart personality who always had a cheery word for members and visitors alike.

The Club will again host the MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September which will be held in the Main Hall at 10 am. This excellent fundraising session will be organised by local ladies with a tombola, book stall, raffle, cakes etc and if you have the time please support this charity which always requires much needed funds.

The Main Hall is in constant use on a Saturday with many events taking place either during the day or in the evening. In addition Sunday afternoons/evenings have proved popular with families arranging birthday parties, christenings and charity events. If you require a room with good facilities and priced at a reasonable rate why not ring 01283 812072 for its availability.

Entertainment on two Saturday evenings each month have again proved very popular. A disco will again feature on New Year’s Eve with Ady Bates (appeared at Rollestonbury this year) being booked for the evening. Tickets will be on sale in November with members having the first option to purchase them before being put on sale to our guests.

Rolleston Club Gala and Craft Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 25th August

Plans are well under way for the Gala and Craft Fair but we are always grateful for more helpers. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Rolleston Club.

The gala schedule was printed in the last edition of the Rollestonian and hard copies of the schedule and entry form (including hints and tips for exhibitors) will be available from Starbucks and Rolleston Club from July.

Put a Bun in the Oven!
In the cookery section we have a class that is to a given recipe and this year’s is a Staffordshire Bun Loaf. This recipe was found in the archives of the Womens’ Institute, from Staffordshire Federation, it had a class number on it, so must have been a competition recipe for a county show. Although there was no date on it, it only had imperial measurements so it must be before the start of the 1980’s when metric measurements would have been commonly used as well.

140 g / 5 oz plain flour
½ level tsp salt
1 level tsp baking powder
½ level tsp bicarbonate of soda
25g / 1 oz lard or other white fat (eg Trex)
25g / 1 oz margarine
50g / 2 oz caster sugar
50g / 2 oz currants
50g / 2 oz sultanas
1 tsp marmalade
1 egg
70ml / 2 ½ fl oz milk (approx)

Sieve flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Rub in lard and margarine. Add sugar, fruit and marmalade, then beaten egg. Use milk to make a dropping consistency. Place in a greased and bottom lined 1 lb loaf tin and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake in a low position at 350°F 180°C Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Summer 2014

In April the Club held its Annual General Meeting and announced a satisfactory performance during 2013 with its main objectives being achieved. Three new Committee members had been nominated and were elected with a similar number retiring. There are still vacancies on the Committee and if anyone is interested they should consult the Secretary for further information.

The Club is now looking forward to its two main fundraising events i.e. Transport Day and Gala Day. At the end of May the Club will again provide refreshments with a barbecue planned on the Car Park with bacon and filled rolls available in the Main Hall along with tea/coffee and cakes. The Bank Holiday is always a major event in the village and hopefully, weather permitting, it will again provide an excellent day out for the public. Plans are well under way for Gala Day at the end of August and it is hoped that there is a class suitable for most villagers /friends to enter. Application forms will be available from the Club nearer the date and don’t be afraid to try your luck in at least one of the 100 classes.

The Club is planning to erect the Bowls Pavilion in October, after a number of false starts. The contract has been agreed, planning permission approved and finance available from the Club balances. The original pavilion was erected in 1952 and is showing signs of deterioration and needs immediate modernising. The purpose built brick building will hopefully stand the test of time and last at least as long as the present wooden pavilion.

The Club has been booked for a programme of Soul and Mowtown evenings during the year. These events are planned into the diary for every three months (May, August and November) and have proved very successful. These are ticketed events and numbers are strictly controlled so it you are interested in enjoying the music and dance book early for each of the events. We have also trialled ‘Open Mike’ nights on a Sunday evening and these are in their infancy. If you are interested in playing your instrument come along and try out your skill. (Dates are advertised on the Snooker room windows or on notice boards inside the Club).

Each evening during the week there is something which may be of interest to members and their guests. On a Monday evening there is Line Dancing from 7 pm to 10 pm with Fit Steps on a Tuesday starting at 6.30 pm for an hour. Wednesday there is a Money Quiz commencing from 9 pm. where there is an opportunity for more teams to join in. Thursday is dedicated to Whist with Friday evening seeing eyes down with Bingo being enjoyed from 8 pm. If you are a member you can enjoy all of these events/facilities so consider giving them a try or alternatively ask for n application form if you have not already joined the Club. (A list of these events is shown on the notice board outside the Club).

The Snooker season concluded in April with the new League season re-commencing in September. The Club has agreed for the two snooker tables to be recovered in May to bring them up to the required standard. At present the Club has two teams in the League and if you are interested in taking part and forming a third team please contact the Secretary.

Entertainment on a Saturday evening has proved popular during the past months with many more members and guests attending the events. Groups./Bands are particularly popular and the venue is ideal for their performances and the opportunity to dance to the music. Listed below is a schedule of acts booked for the forthcoming Saturday evenings.

Forthcoming Entertainment

24th May – Added Attraction
A Stars and Legends Tribute Band including songs from Madonna, Lady Ga Ga, Beatles and Queen.

14th June – The Crusdaers
Original Midlands big hits 60’s band playing your favourite songs including rock’n’roll.

21st June – The Detroits
Five piece Motown and Soul band playing hits from the 70’s including Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Jackson 5 and Martha Reeves

5th July – Top Cats
Four piece rock’n’roll band, returning after a very successful visit last year (Not to be missed).

Details of further bookings for July & August will be advertised on the notice boards inside and outside the Club

Doors open for entertainment at 7.30pm with groups scheduled to be on stage at 8.45pm. A small charge is made for members and their guests.

Rolleston Club Coffee Shop

The Lounge is to remain open for the foreseeable future as it has been well supported since January with many favourable comments received about the variety and quality of food and drink.. The Coffee Shop is open 5 days a week Tuesday to Saturday and if you have not visited previously call in and enjoy a coffee//snack. From 2pm to 4pm a special offer of ‘2-4-1’ is in operation whereby if you buy one hot drink and a cake you get another hot drink and cake for free.

Kim and the staff appreciate the continued support from the village and look forward to providing this valuable resource over the summer and for months to come.

Spring 2014

Christmas and the New Year have come and gone with a great number of activities taking place at the Club. The New Year’s Eve Disco was sold out and the festive period concluded with the Seniors Party on 5th January when forty members sat down to a four course meal. This was followed by games of bingo, a picture quiz and entertainment by ‘Tommy T’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by those present. A special vote of thanks goes to Kim and Ann for preparing the meal as well as to those helpers who gave up their time to make it an excellent evening.

The Club’s Financial Year concluded at the end of December with a satisfactory financial position being maintained during the 12 month period. The accounts have been presented to our Auditor’s with the Annual General Meeting scheduled for early April. At this meeting Officers/Committee members are ‘up for election’ and more volunteers are required. If you are interested in helping to run the Club and have the time please put your name on the nomination lists or have a word with one of the existing Committee who will explain what is required. We realise that time is of an essence but without Committee Members the Club cannot survive.

We have many events scheduled for later in the year. Transport Day is at the end of May and the Club will again be at the forefront of what is part of ‘Love Rolleston’ Weekend. Transport Day is a village institution and gets bigger and better each year. We wish to support the excellent efforts of the Transport Day Committee and again make it a day to remember.

Planning is also underway for Gala Day for the Bank Holiday on Monday 25th August (Schedule can be found here). Additional classes have been added to the list of entries and improvements are also planned to make the day even better than last year. This is the day where anyone can enter one of more of the classes and compare their exhibit against others who submit an entry. There are to be more classes for children and the official programme will be issued well in advance of the Bank Holiday. Put the date in your diary and everyone who supports the Day is helping to raise funds towards local charities and the Club.

Entertainment is scheduled for two evenings each month on a Saturday night. Admission prices are nominal for members and their guests and your support for the following artistes would be appreciated.

Forthcoming Entertainment

15th March – Silicone Taxis
Burton’s premier soul, funk & rock’n’roll band. Will keep you entertained all evening, without doubt one of the best bands in the area.

29th March – The Cuts
Middle of the road band playing all your favourite classic rock and pop. Great to sit back and enjoy or dance to.

5th April – Race Night
Open for members and guests to enjoy the evening and bet on the races.

12th April – American Stars Tribute
A great tribute to the American stars including Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash. Highly recommended to the Club following a great performance at a large golf club in Stoke on Trent.

19th April - Dark Horses
5-piece solid rock band with music from the 60’s to present day.

17th May – Playing Lazzee
A four piece band playing hits from 60’s to present day.

24th May – Force 10
A 15-piece big band play classics from the dance & swing band era right through to hits of present day. The bands repertoire includes the music of Glen Miller, Count Basie, James Brown, Billy Joel, Adele, Mick Ronson & much more.

Doors open for entertainment at 7.30pm with groups scheduled to be on stage at 8.45pm. A small charge is made for members and their guests.

Rolleston Club Coffee Lounge/Cafe

The Club’s Coffee Lounge/Café has had to undergo a change. Kim gave notice of her intention to close the facility at the end of December because it was not financially viable.

Since it opened in April 2012 the Coffee Shop has proved to be a valuable asset to the village with many groups, villagers and visitors using it as a meeting point and it would be a loss to the community if it closed.

During the Christmas period a great deal of discussion, consultation and comments from members were considered. Subsequently the Committee decided to re-open the Café on the 7th January for a trial period of three months. The message is simple if people want it to stay open they have to support it.

The Club wish to see the Coffee Lounge/Café continue but cannot afford to subsidise it and need the venture to break even. Kim is to continue to run the catering side of the business with the support of the other members of staff who will do everything possible to keep the facility for the village.

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Last updated: 6 March 2015