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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

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

 2 April
The Thirties
        Tony King

 7 May
The Queen's Other Houses
        Ian Black

 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

Our March speaker was Sgt. Maj. Shaun McCormack who gave a most interesting, and humorous, talk on The Queen's Bodyguard in England, The Yeomen of the Guard.  These, not to be confused with the salaried Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London, have their own civilian jobs elsewhere but are ready to be called for duty as required on ceremonial occasions.  The Body Guard was first formed by Henry VII in 1485 after the Battle of Bosworth Field and has protected 22 Sovereigns in the ensuing years. A total of 79 members, 6 Officers and 73 Yeomen, have each given at least 22 years of military Service, with Distinction, and retirement is at age 70.

To differentiate between the Bodyguard and the Warders, the former wear a Crossbelt, previously used to support a heavy weapon, a Harquabus.  The uniform is made up of, besides other items, an elaborately embroidered Doublet, a Ruff, a velvet Tudor Hat, Scarlet Merino stockings or tights and highly polished Shoes decorated with Ribbon Rosettes.  What with the addition of Breaches, Sword, and an 8ft long Partisan or Halberd the total marching weight of the kit is around 24 lbs.  Amongst the duties of the Bodyguard are attendance at the State Opening of Parliament, Investitures and the Lying-in-State and Funerals of Monarchs.  On the lighter side, they enjoy Royal Garden Parties (with all the trimmings) and, every year, search the Houses of Parliament, including the vaults, in memory of 1605 and Guy Fawkes!

Future Events

Our next meeting, on 2nd April, will enjoy another of Tony King's presentations, this time on 'The 30s'.  This is a change of programme, with Ian Black's 'The Queen's Other Houses' moved forward to May. 

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.

Tickets at £10.00, supporting MORS Charity Fund, are available from the counter in Café Mosaic.

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 2019)

M0RS has had yet another successful year in the life of Rose Street Methodist Church.  Most meetings have seen upwards of 50 people in attendance while topics have ranged from 'Training to Become Cosmonauts in Star City, Russia' to 'Lies and Excuses' put forward by those coming through Customs at Heathrow.  A stained-glass maker explained his expertise and a Chocolate salesman had us eating out of his hand just before Christmas.  The Reading Male Voice Choir gave us a concert in March and the BA Band returned in October, both helping to boost our charity fund.  After a committee apology and some re-arrangement, our morning Anniversary Service in February was conducted by the Rev. Martin Turner, recently of Central Hall, Westminster.

This hiccup only goes to highlight a matter which many church groups may have to face up to in the near future – the continuing increase in the average age of those involved in maintaining these groups.  The MORS committee have already decided that there should be a 'football-like' winter break for meetings, since recent numbers indicate a reluctance to come out on a cold winter's evening.  With that in mind, we intend to have no Tuesday meeting next winter, i.e. November, December 2019 and January, February 2020.  More on this subject over the next few months.  Other decisions still need to be made but, suffice for now, we need more willing and, dare I say fitter, people to help organise.

Andrew Honeyman