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It is with great sadness that Wakefield Jazz announce that Chris de Saram, Wakefield Jazz promoter, has died aged 72. Friends recall him deep in conversation in the clubhouse whilst studying the Brecon Jazz programme and the concerts he’d enjoyed. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz and a deep enthusiasm which he shared with everyone he met. He will be greatly missed.
The following tributes have been received from fellow FoBJ members:
“Learnt more from him in a weekend than over many years.”, Mike Talbot, past Chairman FoBj
“Friendly, enthusiastic, outspoken and passionate jazz aficionado….appreciated by a wide age group.”, Marc Edwards
“We share Marc’s respect and liking for Chris and are sad to hear this news. He had been a member for years and was always a pleasure to talk to.” Arlene Jones.
The funeral will take place this Friday, 7 September. Please go to http://www.wakefieldjazz.org/ to see details of funeral arrangements and how you can attend.
A centenarian who sold welsh cakes for charity at Brecon Jazz every year has died as she approached her 102nd birthday in August. Retired teacher and farmer, Helena Jones, became the oldest person to compete at the National Eidsteddfod, having learnt Welsh aged 90. She also took part in the Hay Festival aged 101. She received a BEM this year following her induction into the Gorsedd of the Bards in August of last year. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her energy and love of learning.
FoBJ were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for £2,500 to the Festival organisers last Friday, 13 July, so thank you for your support.
Friends who have bought Weekender tickets will be contacted this week by the organisers to advise their meal choice and small venue options for the Friday. Weekend tickets cover everything except the charity concert (Ian Shaw) which is a fundraiser (tickets £14), the late eve Market Hall (£5 entry for jazzers) on Saturday, or the workshops. Apart from these, Weekenders are entitled to attend all the Jazz concert events from Friday to Sunday over the weekend, provided they arrive in enough time at the smaller venues with limited capacity. Please note that because some concerts in which Weekenders have places are now SOLD OUT, to help the organisers, please let them know if there are any events YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING so they can make those places available to others. Contact email@example.com. Many thanks
10am on Saturday, 11 August, at the Clubhouse – Bishop Bevan Hall.
Our original caterer, for reasons beyond their control, are unable to look after us in the clubhouse. However, local ladies who fund-raise for Cancer Research Wales, have stepped into the void on Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 August between midday and 6pm. (The clubhouse will be opened noon till late on Friday, 9am-10pm on Saturday, depending on need, and 9am-8pm on Sunday.) Any revenue raised by the ladies, who will charge very reasonable prices, will go directly to the charity which does ground-breaking research into early diagnosis and outcomes which obviously impacts on people throughout the UK and beyond.
There will be local brewery beer on tap as well as wine and soft drinks. Tea, coffee and home-made cake will be available as well as simple salads, bread rolls and snacks. If members want hot food, there is plenty of choice in the high street, which can be brought back to the clubhouse to eat in peace and comfort, while beverages can be bought from the ladies
MEMBERSHIP CARDS/RAFFLE PRIZES/CDs
Membership cards can be collected on Friday 10 August from 2pm onwards and will be needed to access Friends’ facilities. Please also bring along raffle prizes and CDs for sale. There will be no catering on Friday as most people will be travelling, checking into accommodation and attending Ian Shaw concert and Big Band at the Castle Hotel with dinner. There will however be self-service complimentary tea and coffee.
Thanks to those members who have already volunteered to steward. We still need some on Saturday and Sunday at the following times: Saturday 2-3, 5-6 and 6-7 and Sunday 12-1,2-3,3-4. For those who have not stewarded before, full instructions will be provided and there are usually plenty of ‘old hands’ around to help if in doubt.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with offers of help. Thanks for your continued support.
Can members who have booked accommodation in the Wellington Hotel (particularly if they rebooked last year) please telephone them on 01874 625225 to reconfirm their booking, with number of nights.