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Team Leader's Annual Report 2018

3 weeks ago By David Rowland

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LEYLAND MORRIS MEN TEAM LEADERS REPORT 2017-2018

Prior to the AGM in early November we had another successful outing for Derian House at Astley Park for their winter sparkle. Dancing at our usual spot in front of the hall suits both us and the organizers. The dancing was well received and enjoyed by all.
On Saturday the 18th November we were invited to support Children in Need, dancing in Chorley town centre, regrettably we had to decline for this year. We continued practices until the end of November in preparation for events in December.
Monday 11th at Garstang Victorian Fair was very cold but dry, with very good crowds which are ok for us but is it getting too big for accommodating all those people. Nonetheless we enjoyed ourselves and later adjourned to the Tithe Barn for coffee and beer.
December 18th was our Christmas meal at the Plough on Runshaw Lane. A pleasant evening for all despite having one or two hiccups with the food orders but as ever we are pretty flexible when it comes to do’s.
Dec 19th we had an enquiry to dance and entertain the Leyland W I at the priory club by St Mary’s church, Leyland. We don’t usually accept bookings so close to Christmas but we did accept. There were plenty to watch and we did our full programme of dances, songs and poems. The highlight was probably a witty little ditty from Roy and Mike, not heard before, very amusing.
Christmas break to recharge our batteries ready for 2018.
Jan 15th – 22nd our first practices with a view to prepare for a visit to the AGM of Preston Ramblers; a rather different event for us, a sort of workshop for grown-ups. It was rather a long session after their AGM with 10/12 of the ramblers staying to dance. They enjoyed the session very much taking part in Djatchko Kolo, Constant Billy Headington and Tinners Rabbit. We enjoyed Tea, sandwiches and a selection of cakes later in the day.
Practice continued throughout the month and into February, with some sessions a bit sparse on dancers, musicians. We did have a committee meeting during the month as well.
Steve X joined us early Feb to have a look at what we do; an experienced dancer who could maybe show us something different to learn and enjoy.
On March 19th, Swansea Terrace nursing home, by Preston docks, was our next engagement, a full session which was well received by the residents. The down side of the visit was that two of our members came away with flu like symptoms which surfaced over the next couple of days.
Enquiries for the summer were coming in thick and fast by now with the usual annual events being requested. Mike would circulate availability sheets so the replies could be actioned. Easter break came and went and we started practice again in April.
Geoff Godber came to practice to have a look at us, saying that, we must have created a good impression as he has stayed with us and is learning our dances quite well considering he was a complete novice. Well done to Geoff.
I was away on holiday for a week or so, Roy took over practice at that time.
On April 23rd we were asked to go to Walton le Dale Primary school to do an afterschool club workshop. There were about 50 children of various ages. The younger ones did C/Billy clapping hands, whilst the older ones were given sticks. They all picked it up very well, the most difficult participants were the adults, and in particular the team leader. Enough said.
One more practice then a break for May Day weekend.
Our next dance out was at Balshaw’s High School in Leyland for their Spring Fair; a really good crowd and an enthusiastic Head. We were joined by the Wallopers and danced in the same spot in front of the main entrance. The visit brought back memories for some of us who were past pupils in the school. Oh and by the way Malcolm forgot we were out that day, so a prime candidate for the bell I think.
The following Thursday we entertained the TOTS group at Leyland Methodist Turpin Green, Leyland. Roy gave a short talk/slideshow of the Leyland Morris Men past and present, and we did a few dances giving Geoff one of his first outings. It was a nice fun do as they say.
Unfortunately during the month of May we had to decline a number of requests to dance.
Ferrari’s restaurant Longridge with Longridge Brass Band, Dolphinholme WI, Scorton bikes and barrow festival, Derian House and Lytham Club day.
Also Steve Bonnet had a fall whilst on holiday so was out of action for a while. He hopes to be back with us in September.
Then the high spot of the year, the 70th birthday party for Dave Rowland. This was at Wellington Park, Leyland. Our presence was greatly appreciated for dancing and including his guests in some dancing, on reflection the person who worked harder than anyone else was Dave, keeping the evening lively with his singing and also with his family showing their talents by accompanying with the songs and the music for dancing. A right good do as they say.
Later that month we did a bit of maintenance on the hut as we do most years. Of course how much we can do in an evening is dictated by the weather, but we succeeded again to do most if not all the planned work. Thanks to all concerned.
We also received a card from the Mayor of South Ribble and enclosed was a cheque for £200.00 from the Mayor fund; a donation for our "wonderful organisation". Mike sent a letter of thanks immediately nice to be remembered.
Early July took us to Wrightington St Joseph’s Primary school. This was to celebrate the opening of their nature garden. The official opening by the Mayor was late, and so our dancing session was cut very short indeed. There were two dances and one for the children Djatchko Kolo; all in all a long way for not a lot for us. Still we did get a donation.
Later in the month we had a very busy afternoon, dancing at Springfield’s Home in Coppull, then on to Paradise House in Leyland. Springfield’s was the homes Summer Fete which went down very well and enjoyed by the residents. Paradise House was somewhat of a more personal request as my mother in law resides there. Again a good dancing spot and the feedback has been excellent. My personal thanks go to all for supporting the events: an exhausting afternoon’s work.
Something different for Monday evening other than a normal practice, we were invited to the Saddle Inn at Leam courtesy of Geoff. Watchers were somewhat sparse but we did get a free drink from the landlord and a request to go one weekend when the clientele would be greater.
We then decided to have a well-earned break which coincided with the holiday period for members and families; also we had nothing on until early September.
Our next outing was at the Ancient Oak in aid of the Mayors charity. A nice afternoon, warm and dry with lots of people sat outside and inside the pub. Entertainment provided by us alongside a band and singers. There were stalls of local craft items inside and outside. One of the highlights from the tombola where Mike and myself drew 5 tickets each and won 6 prizes. Needless to say we didn’t take them all!!
Late September we were approached by a teacher from St Anne’s school Leyland to first try a workshop for yr2 as part of a school project on Leyland and Leyland Festival. We decided to do part of the Leyland street dance with a view to performing this on their open evening on 1st November 2018. We had 30+ children for the workshop who coped very well with a simplified version of the dance. This will be followed up by two more practice sessions and a performance at the open evening.
On Saturday 6th October we danced in Preston centre with Royal Preston Morris Dancers to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The day went well just exactly as we expected, finishing mid-afternoon.
Practices continued in light of a busy couple of months ahead. Our next dance out was at Knowle Green for the ADA group; as usual a very lively and enjoyable event, particularly for the audience who really enjoy themselves when they join in. The team gets a lot of satisfaction from these types of sessions.
The children at ST Anne’s school in Leyland were doing a term project on Leyland and Leyland Festival as their topic. We were asked if we could go along and teach them the Leyland Street Dance for a performance at their open evening in November. Two workshops later they were ready and sixteen dancers danced at the open evening. A very successful endeavour for all, the staff and governors were thrilled. The school was at one time our practice venue some years ago.
Sunday 4th November a regular dance out for Derian House winter sparkle at Astley Park. The afternoon was dry but with a cold wind at our dancing spot. There was a massive crowd in and around the venue as we fought our way in. Our usual spot in front of the hall had a good crowd watching and some helped us out with the dancing (DjatchkoKolo). Due to cold fingers we finished promptly and dispersed.
Later on the 9th November we were asked to do a workshop at St James School in Brindle. We had two groups and taught them Constant Billy Headington and did Djatchko Kolo. I think the request came from Roy’s granddaughter; a lively session which they all enjoyed.
Tuesday 13th we were asked to go to St Cuthbert’s centre in Lytham Road at the request of the Parkinson’s Society. We entertained the group with some dancing, witty poetry and also two dances for them to join in and enjoy. The evening rounded off with a nice cup of tea.
A busy November and still things to do in the month.
Personally I would like to thank you all for your support this year, particularly of late. Please pass on thanks to you families for their support this year again.
November 2018 – AGM
Geoff Carson – Team Leader

Updated 09:21 - 22 Nov 2018 by David Rowland

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