Monday, December 31, 2018

JUNE WHITFIELD - MY FAVOURITE ACTOR

So very sad to hear news of the passing of June, whom I met many years ago at the BBC studio in London, after a Radio show with Roy Hudd.
Even after a long and exacting performance, both of them were in top form and happily chatted about the programme and allowed me to take pics and learn a little about their fascinating lives over lifetimes of acting, filming and tremendous radio performances.  I grew up listening to June and, of course, Roy. 
Roy Hudd

June was my particular favourite from the  early days of listening to the Radio  "Light" programme, but younger folk will remember her superb TV performances in Absolutely Fabulous. A sad day! She will be missed the world over. 
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Monday, December 24, 2018

CHRISTMAS WISHES TO READERS AND WRITERS AND ALL MY FRIENDS ON LINE

With thanks to all my readers, both on the page and on line, particularly those in the US and Canada, for so many kind comments on my ragbag of topics in this, my 13th year of blogging.  Thanks also to my editors for commissioning my new book, due in June 2019 and other interesting writing opportunities.
Courtesy of Jenni Elliott
Wishing you all a lovely Christmas, particularly the super Jim Shrubb (shown here in 'candid camera mode') minus his famous Billericay Town Crier hat and that amazing ancient bell of his.
We are all living through strange and tumultuous times. Here’s hoping that 2019 will be calmer and more peaceful – less divided - and above all, more joyful and caring.



Sunday, December 09, 2018

CHRISTMAS GATHERING OF OUR SWWJ TEAM AT NATIONAL LIBERAL CLUB


An SWWJ Christmas gathering is always fun and a chance to welcome some of our new members. Members and guests gathered at the National Liberal Club in London's Whitehall Place for the annual Christmas tea.  Our entertainment this year - a Christmas Cornucopia - was provided by four wonderful professional actors, reading a collection of monologues, some comic, some dramatic, created by our talented drama colleague, Doreen Friend.  Martin Cort was our director.  With a book table displaying our latest publications, a gift table and grand raffle, we were never sort of activity and, of course, the all-important catching up over the year's work and gossip!  Masses of pictures taken and a few here to give you a flavour of a great afternoon. 




Sunday, December 02, 2018

CHRISTMAS MARKET DAY IN BILLERICAY

Sunday December 2 and time for our annual Christmas Market.  Where would we be without Jim Shrubb, our Town Crier, the Rotary Club and Round Table members and so many folk who put great effort into the whole fantastic day. 
They never fail!  Thousands arrived from London and around Essex as well as our little town and it was great to see them enjoying themselves. Here are a few pictures below to give you a flavour of happy start to Christmas.