A funny story in Lightwater’s Roundabout magazine

We’ve just received, through our letterbox, July’s edition of Roundabout, which is Lightwater’s All Saints’ Church Parish and Village Magazine. It’s always an enjoyable read, and is a credit to the editorial team, especially so given their having to overcome the difficulties caused by the coronavirus.

Enough. Here’s the funny story submitted to the magazine by Chris Adamson. The story goes like this, a translatation of a notice found in many French churches:

It is possible that on entereing this church you may hear the Call of God. On the other hand, it is not likely He will conatct you by phone. Thank you for turning off your phone. If you would like to talk to god, come in, choose a quiet place, and talk to him. If you would like to see Him, send a text while you are driving.

Doreen Tipton’s wonderfully rude humourous video: Week 2

Apologies for the repetition of my preamble to Doreen Tipton’s wonderfully rude and humourous video series Isolation Station. Doreen Tipton is the doyenne of Black Country humour. For those that don’t know, the accent and references to place names are from the West Midlands – Wolverhampton, Tipton, Wednesfield, Bilston and the like.

See Week 1 of Isolation Station HERE.

Doreen Tipton is wonderfully rude in her humourous video

Gosh, I laughed at Doreen Tipton’s video new radio programme, Isolation Station. For those that don’t know, the accent and references to place names are from the West Midlands – Wolverhampton, Tipton, Wednesfield, Bilston and the like.

Why do I find this video especially funny, well, I’m from Wolverhampton – many years ago of course. But, roots are roots, and I like mine. Doreen Tipton is, by the way, the doyenne of Black Country humour, and the flag is the flag, should you be curious, of the Black Country

Heritage Open Days this week end, recommend Royal Holloway College

Today, we toured parts of Royal Holloway college in Egham. We splendidly lunched in the famous Picture Gallery, surrounded by the paintings collected by the founder of the college, Thomas Holloway, in incredibly short space of time, between 1881 and 1883.

We visited the Chapel, the Boardroom, Dinning Room, Picture Gallery, and the two quadrangles. You too can do the same, this weekend Royal Holloway College is open for the Heritage Open Days. One of the pictures in the picture gallery was my Painting of the Week 5: The Railway Station by William Powell Frith. I hope my brief photo montage might convince you it’s a worthwhile visit this Sunday.


The Terri Jayne School of Dance studios opened by Surrey Heath’s Mayor

Yesterday the Mayor of Surrey Heath – Cllr Bob Paton, performed the official opening of the new studios of the Terri Jayne School of Dance in Guildford Road, Lightwater. As the building was previously Lightwater’s Police Station, it was a nice touch to have Sgt Melanie Sefton, of Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Policing team, join the Mayor in the opening celebrations.

Unquestionably the new home of the Dance School is a superb facility, with two large air conditioned studios and associated facilities. It’s location offers safe drop off and pick-up for students. It’s also on the 34 and 35 bus routes. I think it’s a major addition to the village. For years I’ve been amazed at the popularity of youth dance in the borough, and the number of dance schools. This year the Terri Jayne School performed for three nights at Camberley Theatre, where the cast totalled 275. That’s what I call popularity.

Anyway, I took lots of photos of the official opening, and have combined some of them along with my [amateurish] video of the opening.

Birmingham’s magnificent renovated neoclassical Town Hall

I wrote earlier this week about visiting the new Library of Birmingham building. On our way to it from Birmingham’s New Street station we passed through Victoria Square to stop by magnificent neoclassical Town Hall, to see how it’s been renovated.

Subject to a £35 million restoration, it now befits the city centre. For many years it was blackened by soot, and not well maintained. I remember, in the 1960’s, being with my brother listening, among a packed audience, to a speech on the economy by Enoch Powell. It’s a venue that seems to add status and grandeur to what occurs inside. It’s surely the classical architecture, with its Corinthian columns, that gives it the aura of a Forum, and also its history.

We peeked inside, prior to a children’s event, but were still able to see the benefits of the restoration.