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mors - friendship for all

Meets: 1st Tuesday of each Month in the Church at 19:30.  Contact: Tony King

MORS is a Church Social Group open to “Methodists of Rose Street”, and to all other friends of the Church.  Our main aims are to encourage friendships to grow and to welcome everyone into the overall Church family.

We try to meet these aims by arranging:
  • A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments
  • Visits and Excursions to places of interest
  • Concerts
  • An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service

A further aim is to raise funds in support of Church activities and Local Charities.

Future Programme

 3 February 10.30am (Sunday)
MORS Anniversary Service
        Revd Martin Turner, MORS Choir

 5 February
The Royal Swans
        David Barber

13 February
Annual Dinner at Sandmartins Golf Club
        Tickets required

 5 March
On Guard
        Sgt Maj. Shaun McCormack: Queen's Bodyguard - Yeoman of the Guard

16 March (Saturday)
Concert: Bracknell and Wokingham Community 2nd Wind Band and Masterclef
        Tickets required

 2 April
The Queen's Other Houses
        Ian Black

 7 Mayl
The 30s
        Tony King

 4 June
Japan - its Landscape & Wildlife
        Nigel Glover-Wright

18 June
Outing to Hever Castle
        Booking required

 2 July
All you wanted to know about Dowsing
        Michael Haxeltine

 6 August
Outing to Frogmore House and The Savill Garden
        Booking required

Monthly Review
Event Reports

In January we heard Tony Weston's tale of the 'Secrets of the Box'.  This started as the renovation of a Regency Writing Desk which Tony's mother had been 'storing' for many years and ended up as an intriguing family history exploration.  In itself, the writing desk was a thing of beauty with intricate inlays of brass and ebony.  However, the main interest lay in the secret compartment which many such items contained. With the help of professional restorers, the way into this was eventually found and to the hidden store of 'saved papers' it contained.  Largely relating to a weaving business in the Newark area of Northamptonshire, Tony compared costs of various items with their modern equivalents but, more importantly, branched out on an exploration of the family history of those involved in the business.  Suffice to say here that this covered several generations of the Scales and Bamforth families before the entire linen weaving business faded away due to costs etc . Overall, an educational use of family records and the worth of restoring long-held 'Antiques Roadshow' items.

Future Events

On Sunday 3rd February at 10.30 the MORS Anniversary Service will be taken by Revd. Martin Turner, formerly of Westminster Central Hall.

Our next meeting will be on 5th February when David Barber will give a presentation on 'The Royal Swans'.

We are now taking bookings for our MORS Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday 13th February, this year held at the Sand Martins Golf Club on the Finchampstead Road.

The next MORS concert will be held on Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm.  The music will be provided by the Bracknell and Wokingham Community 2nd Wind Band together with Masterclef.

The 2nd Wind Band has about 35 to 40 players (including two church members) and, under the direction of Kevin Ransom, will play a selection of toe-tapping light classics, popular film and show tunes, contemporary and older pop songs, all arranged to suit wind-band instrumentation. 
The band music will be interspersed with songs from Masterclef. Masterclef are a small cappella, close-harmony ensemble, singing in Barbershop style formed of singers from Woodley based Thames Valley Chorus (TVC).

They have a mixed repertoire which includes songs from musicals including Les Miserables and Paint Your Wagon, popular music classics by the likes of Elvis Presley and Billy Joel and tender love ballads.

They have sung several times at various local venues including Wokingham Theatre, Whitty Theatre and Wokingham Town Hall sharing a platform in concert with St Sebastian Wokingham Band.  They are delighted to be teaming up once again with their friends at Second Wind for the concert.

We would like to let you know of an additional outing MORS have arranged – a combined visit to Frogmore House and The Savill Garden in August 2019.  With Harry and Meghan about to move into Frogmore Cottage, we thought it might be interesting to visit the main house on the Frogmore Estate, purchased by George III for his wife Queen Charlotte.  Not usually open to the public, we have the offer of a group visit on Tuesday 6th August and will be combining this with a visit to The Savill Gardens, one of the finest royal gardens within Windsor Great Park.

Andrew Honeyman

Annual Review  (February 2018)

It's worth drawing to attention the aim of MORS which is not only for members of the Church but also in our outreach to the wider community – we meet this aim by arranging:

· A Monthly Programme of talks followed by refreshments.
· Visits and Excursions to places of interest
· Concerts
· An Annual Dinner and Anniversary Service

A further aim is to raise funds to support Church activities and Local Charities.

This past year MORS has again enjoyed a full programme with strong support for our activities.  An average of around 60 people attended our monthly talks which were far ranging from the production of 'A Painting Before Your Eyes' to 'The Changing Face of Reading' in photographs.  It's also a pleasure to see everyone staying on afterwards in the Meeting Place to enjoy refreshments and a chat.

We also enjoyed visits to Sudeley Castle and to Windsor Castle - decorated with Christmas trees.

We welcomed back the Revd. Nick Thompson to conduct our Anniversary Service in February.  Community Hymn Singing was led by Christine Barker prior to the evening service.  And of course, the MORS Male Voice Choir raised everyone's spirits by their enthusiastic and professional contribution under their conductor Eileen Goode - reaching the climax with 'We'll go in the strength of the Lord'.  It was a pleasure to have our own Minister taking part in the Service.

We maintained tradition by holding our Annual Dinner at 'The Bull' at Arborfield.

The Reading Phoenix Choir gave a first-class concert and, at time of writing, we are looking forward to the Reading Male Voice Choir in March.  Our old friends the British Airways Band are returning to give a concert in October.  We are grateful to Malcolm Souter for taking over the arrangements of the concerts in future.  The proceeds from the concerts make a considerable contribution to our Charity funds.

Tony King (Secretary)