Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 19th Sept Like all our BLOC visits before, it started at the pub - although I find it difficult to think of Wetherspoons as a pub rather than as a restaurant. I happened to be sitting near the people I sat near to last year before BLOC’s ‘My Fair Lady’ and my fellow diners remembered what I had chosen from the menu then. I just can’t compete with human beings who have memories like that. Nevertheless, let’s get on to the show. I understand that this is the first year that amateur groups like BLOC have been allowed to put on this show. The cost of buying a motor car that flies should be enough to limit the competition. The child catcher’s costume alone who was on the stage for about ninety seconds would have been enough to bankrupt most people in the audience - and the cost of a nightly journey from Bulgaria to Brazil (for whatever reason I couldn’t understand) must have added to the Company’s financial problems. Whilst the story was a little thin on content (especially when compared to last year’s show) it was produced to the incredibly high standard that we have come to expect from BLOC. How many companies are there in the whole of the UK who can perform so professionally? And they maintain this standard year after year. One thing they do have in their favour is Roger Cromwell. He sold ninety tickets for the Wednesday and Friday performances. I’m sure that BLOC are grateful to him but so are we for adding a gem to each of our Y’s Men’s years. ‘Thanks Roger’ and ‘thanks Mike’ for organising the lunch.
Race Night 2018 We were fewer in numbers at the Race Night but the enjoyment was just as good. The evening went without any problems and the tote was busy extracting money from the punters. As usual we were treated to a great meal by Bob & Sherry, including apple pie from the Cottage Bakery. Mentioning the Cottage Bakery reminds me to thank the sponsors of the eight races. The Fruit Tree - Staple Hill, Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, The Cottage Bakery, Brookers Mobile Bar, Fabrics Plus - Downend, Brunt & Fussell - estate agents, CR Windows of Kingswood and Olya Wallington, Seamstress. We sold 72 horses before the event and the winning owners were Pete Sheppard, Paddy Clark, Giles Britton, Diane Cromwell, Kath McBraida, Jason Warlock, John Gray, Sherry Gray and Robin Short. The profit from the evening will be about £800. Thanks to all who bought horses, sold tickets and helped in many ways.
Walk for Sherwin A year ago we were able to give £100 towards an appeal for donations to support the son of one of Olya's friends. Sherwin has severe Cerebral Palsy which makes his life extremely difficult. There was an opportunity to have a pioneering operation, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which would make Sherwin's life better by relieving pain related to spasticity, avoiding further contractures and reduction of his abilities. The operation was not available on the NHS and the cost was £10,000. Following an appeal on Facebook and a lot of fund raising by friends and family Sherwin had his operation in Nottingham in June 2018. The operation went well and Sherwin said straight away that his legs felt lighter, considerably relaxed. The ten days after the operation were a bit rough but things improved slowly. Sherwin is now four months into intensive physiotherapy with SDR Rehab UK in Newport and with other physiotherapeutic treatments he is making great progress. This support is likely to have to continue for at least five years so fund raising continues. Further information and videos of Sherwin's progress is shown on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/walkforsherwin/
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