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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

13 October 7:30pm (Saturday)
British Airways Band Concert
        Tickets required

 6 November
A Touch of Glass - stained glass maker
        Norman Vinall

 4 December
Chocolate: presentation - taste and buy
        Bob Whalton

 3 January 2019 (Thursday)
As Time Goes By
        Tony King   - note change of date and programme

 3 February 10.30am (Sunday)
MORS Anniversary Service
        Revd Bryan Coates, MORS Choir

 5 February
The Royal Swans
        David Barber

13 February
Annual Dinner at Sandmartins Golf Club
        Tickets required

Monthly Review
Event Reports

Our new season began on the 4th September in a rather hectic atmosphere.  Our Chairman was on holiday in Australia so our new Vice Chairman, Gerry Higson, was taking her first meeting, and our guest speaker had cancelled at very short notice!

With no time to find another guest speaker, the flexibility of MORS showed through and within 2/3 days Tony King had produced a new presentation.  Talking about "The History of the Cinema", Tony treated us to a very educational and entertaining talk embracing the evolution of the cinema from its pioneer days of the 1870's, through its heydays in the 1930's, up to its decline around the 1970's.

The nostalgic scenes and sounds used to illustrate the talk were truly memorable.  From the early days, accompanied by the inevitable piano, we enjoyed Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, then watched a silent black and white Ben Hur race past in his chariot.  No CGI in those days, they really were charging about in chariots. Tony told us some people had been killed during the filming of these races.

These silent films were followed by magnificent colourful musicals with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers and other stars.  Then we saw the trailer for 'Gone with the Wind', one of the greatest films of all time. Released in 1939 - almost 80 years ago – this film held the record as the highest earning film for over quarter of a century.

The wartime films were aimed at boosting morale.  A classic of the era was 'Casablanca' - who can forget the impact of the timeless beauty of Ingrid Bergman and the charm of Humphry Bogart?  Tony's brilliantly researched talk well illustrated the wealth of cinema material available covering a period of over 100 years.


Future Events

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on 2nd October when David Hunt will present another of his series of National Trust talks.  This time his subject is Shalford Mill, an 18th century watermill near Guildford.  Then on Saturday 13th October we enjoy one of the highlights of the year with the return of the British Airways Band, and our very own 'Last Night of the Proms'.  Union Jack flags will be provided!  Tickets for this concert are available from the kitchen in our refurbished coffee shop, now called Café Mosaic.

Guy Masdin

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)