The Age of Dancing


On September 20th Stephen Jarvis gave us a talk on dancing as we knew it,in the days of the Big Bands .The big names then being Joe Loss, Henry Hall and Bert Ambrose. ladies would dress up and men put on their tuxedo to enjoy a night out dancing the quickstep, waltz,foxtrot or tango. Towards the end of the century,couples increased and modern ballroom was born .Many well known singers such as Vera Lynn and Anne Shelton started their careers with the big bands .many can remember our local dance halls, the City Hall ,the Marina in Penarth ,the Capital, and Bindles in Barry. Then along came the twist and the jive introduced by Chubby Checker and couples no longer danced together and unfortunately dancing declined.

Despite being few in numbers our Harvest Thanksgiving was a great success, the auction raising over £46 towards our charity .Many thanks to Rev Jon for conducting the afternoon, and to his wife for the delicious cake his wife made us. Many thanks to Sue for organising the sales so well.

We were visited on October 4th by Martin a financial advisor who gave us an insight into how best to organise wills ,power of attorney, etc This is such a complex matter and certainly needs professional advice.

Lynne Plummer was our speaker on October 11th with her talk on Behind the scenes at the opera. We heard how it all starts, from the time when the opera company decide on an opera, then the scenery, followed by which performers ,then th costumes .The number of people involved is incredible